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Revelation 17:1-10 (New American Standard)

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The Doom of Babylon

1 1Then one of the 2seven angels who had the 3seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you 4the judgment of the 5great harlot who 6sits on many waters, 2 with whom 7the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and 8those who dwell on the earth were 9made drunk with the wine of her immorality." 3 And 10he carried me away a11in the Spirit 12into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a 13scarlet beast, full of 14blasphemous names, having 15seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman 16was clothed in purple and scarlet, and badorned with gold and precious cstones and pearls, having in her hand 17a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name was written, a 18mystery, "19BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF 20THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." 6 And I saw the woman drunk with 21the blood of the dsaints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered egreatly . 7 And the angel said to me, "Why fdo you wonder? I will tell you the 22mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the 23seven heads and the ten horns. 8 "24The beast that you saw 25was, and is not, and is about to 26come up out of the 27abyss and g28go to destruction. And 29those who dwell on the earth, 30whose name has not been written in the book of life 31from the foundation of the world, will 32wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. 9 "33Here is the mind which has wisdom. The 34seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven 35kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.
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