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Revelation 18

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The Fall of Babylon
1 I saw another angel come from heaven. This one had great power, and the earth was bright because of his glory.
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1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 The angel shouted,
18.2 a Is 21.9; Jr 51.8; Rev 14.8; b Is 13.21; Jr 50.39.

“Fallen! Powerful Babylon
has fallen
and is now the home
of demons.
It is the den
of every filthy spirit
and of all unclean birds,
and every dirty
and hated animal.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 Babylon's evil and immoral wine
18.3 Is 23.17; Jr 51.7.
has made all nations drunk.
Every king on earth
has slept with her,
and every merchant on earth
is rich
because of
her evil desires.”
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
abundance: or, power

4 Then I heard another voice
18.4 Is 48.20; Jr 50.8; 51.6
from heaven shout,
“My people, you must escape
from Babylon.
Don't take part in her sins
and share her punishment.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 Her sins are piled
18.5 Gn 18.20
as high as heaven.
God has remembered the evil
she has done.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Treat her as she
18.6 Ps 137.8; Jr 50.29.
has treated others.
Make her pay double
for what she has done.
Make her drink twice as much
of what she mixed
for others.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 That woman honored herself
18.7,8 Is 47.7-9.
with a life of luxury.
Reward her now
with suffering and pain.

“Deep in her heart
Babylon said,
‘I am the queen!
Never will I be a widow
or know what it means
to be sad.’
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 And so, in a single day
she will suffer the pain
of sorrow, hunger, and death.
Fire will destroy
her dead body,
because her judge
is the powerful Lord God.”
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

9 Every king on earth who slept with her and shared in her luxury will mourn. They will weep, when they see the smoke from that fire.
18.9,10 Ez 26.16,17.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Her sufferings will frighten them, and they will stand at a distance and say,

“Pity that great
and powerful city!
Pity Babylon!
In a single hour
her judgment has come.”
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

11 Every merchant on earth will mourn, because there is no one to buy their goods.
18.11 Ez 27.31
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 There won't be anyone to buy their gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, sweet-smelling wood, fancy carvings of ivory and wood, as well as things made of bronze, iron, or marble.
18.12,13 Ez 27.12,13,22.
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
thyine: or, sweet
13 No one will buy their cinnamon, spices, incense, myrrh, frankincense,
c 18.13 myrrh, frankincense: Myrrh was a valuable sweet-smelling powder often used in perfume. Frankincense was a valuable powder that was burned to make a sweet smell.
wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, chariots, slaves, and other humans.
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
slaves: or, bodies

14 Babylon, the things
your heart desired
have all escaped
from you.
Every luxury
and all your glory
will be lost forever.
You will never
get them back.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

15 The merchants had become rich because of her. But when they saw her sufferings, they were terrified. They stood at a distance, crying and mourning.
18.15 Ez 27.31
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 Then they shouted,

“Pity the great city
of Babylon!
She dressed in fine linen
and wore purple
and scarlet cloth.
She had jewelry
made of gold
and precious stones
and pearls.
16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 Yet in a single hour
18.17 Is 23.14; Ez 27.26
her riches disappeared.”

Every ship captain and passenger and sailor stood at a distance, together with everyone who does business by traveling on the sea.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 When they saw the smoke from her fire, they shouted, “This was the greatest city ever!”
18.18 Ez 27.32.
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 They cried loudly, and in their sorrow they threw dust on their heads, as they said,
18.19 Ez 27.30

“Pity the great city
of Babylon!
Everyone who sailed the seas
became rich
from her treasures.
But in a single hour
the city was destroyed.
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 The heavens should be happy
18.20 Dt 32.43; Jr 51.48.
with God's people
and apostles and prophets.
God has punished her
for them.”
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

21 A powerful angel then picked up a huge stone and threw it into the sea. The angel said,
18.21 a Jr 51.63

“This is how the great city
of Babylon
will be thrown down,
never to rise again.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
22 The music of harps and singers
18.22 Is 24.8; Ez 26.13.
18.22,23 Jr 7.34; 25.10.
and of flutes and trumpets
will no longer be heard.
No workers will ever
set up shop in that city,
and the sound
of grinding grain
will be silenced forever.
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
23 Lamps will no longer shine
anywhere in Babylon,
and couples will never again
say wedding vows there.
Her merchants ruled
the earth,
and by her witchcraft
she fooled all nations.
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 On the streets of Babylon
18.24 Jr 51.49.
is found the blood
of God's people
and of his prophets,
and everyone else.”
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

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