"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her1 and shared her luxury2 see the smoke of her burning,3 they will weep and mourn over her.410
Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off5 and cry: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city,6 O Babylon, city of power! In one hour7 your doom has come!'
"The merchants8 of the earth will weep and mourn9 over her because no one buys their cargoes any more10--
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;1113
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.1214
"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 her13 will stand far off,14 terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn1516
and cry out: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city,16 dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!1717
In one hour18 such great wealth has been brought to ruin!'19 "Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,20 will stand far off.2118
When they see the smoke of her burning,22 they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city23?'2419
They will throw dust on their heads,25 and with weeping and mourning26 cry out: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city,27 where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!2820
Rejoice over her, O heaven!29 Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.' "3021
Then a mighty angel31 picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea,32 and said: "With such violence the great city33 of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.
The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again.34 No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.3523
The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again.36 Your merchants were the world's great men.37 By your magic spell38 all the nations were led astray.
In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints,39 and of all who have been killed on the earth."40