Revelation 17:1

I will show thee (deixw soi). Future active of deiknumi. It is fitting that one of the seven angels that had the seven bowls should explain the judgment on Babylon ( Ezekiel 16:19 ) already pronounced ( Ezekiel 14:8 ). That is now done in chapters Re 17; 18. The judgment of the great harlot (to krima th pornh th megalh). The word krima is the one used about the doom of Babylon in Jeremiah 51:9 . Already in Revelation 14:8 Babylon is called the harlot. Pornh is the objective genitive, "the judgment on the great harlot." That sitteth upon many waters (th kaqhmenh epi udatwn pollwn). Note triple use of the article th. In Jeremiah 51:13 we have ep udasi polloi (locative in place of genitive as here). Babylon got its wealth by means of the Euphrates and the numerous canals for irrigation. Rome does not have such a system of canals, but this item is taken and applied to the New Babylon in Jeremiah 17:15 . Nahum ( Nahum 3:4 ) calls Nineveh a harlot, as Isaiah Isaiah 23:16 ) does Tyre.