The Harlot wears the same merchandise found in the city, she is arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls (Rev. Rev. 17:4+). The city is said to be clothed with this merchandise. She wears the attire of the Harlot: clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls (Rev. Rev. 18:16+). Babylon is perhaps the most wealthy city of the world at this time. See commentary on Revelation 17:4.
The articles divide themselves into seven categories: (1) precious wares (gold, silver, precious stones, pearls); (2) materials of rich attire (fine linen, purple, silk, scarlet); (3) materials for costly furniture (all thyine wood, every vessel of ivory, of most precious wood, brass, iron, marble); (4) precious spices (cinnamon, spice, incense, ointment, frankincense); (5) articles of food (wine, oil, fine flour, wheat); (6) merchandise for agricultural and domestic uses (cattle, sheep, horses, chariots); (7) traffic in men (bodies, the souls of men) (Lee). John drew the list from items known in his day, not from the future time depicted in the prophecy (Alford).1