For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.1 The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,2 and the merchants of the earth grew rich3 from her excessive luxuries."44
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Come out of her, my people,5 so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;65
for her sins are piled up to heaven,7 and God has remembered8 her crimes.
Give back to her as she has given; pay her back9 double10 for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup.117
Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.12 In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'138
Therefore in one day14 her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire,15 for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her16 and shared her luxury17 see the smoke of her burning,18 they will weep and mourn over her.1910
Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off20 and cry: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city,21 O Babylon, city of power! In one hour22 your doom has come!'
"The merchants23 of the earth will weep and mourn24 over her because no one buys their cargoes any more25--
cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;2613
cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.2714
"They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.'
The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her28 will stand far off,29 terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn3016
and cry out: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city,31 dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!3217
In one hour33 such great wealth has been brought to ruin!'34 "Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,35 will stand far off.3618
When they see the smoke of her burning,37 they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city38?'3919
They will throw dust on their heads,40 and with weeping and mourning41 cry out: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city,42 where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!43