1After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.2With a mighty voice he shouted: “ ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.3For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
4Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “ ‘Come out of her, my people,’so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;5for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.6Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup.7Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow;I will never mourn.’8Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
9“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.10Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!’11“The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore—12cargoes 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;13cargoes 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 human beings sold as slaves.14“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’15The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn16and cry out: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!17In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.18When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’19They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’20“Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you.”
21Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.22The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.23The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.24In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”
1See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water,2the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder,3the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.4“I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.”5People will oppress each other— man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored.6A man will seize one of his brothers in his father’s house, and say, “You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!”7But in that day he will cry out, “I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.”8Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.9The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.10Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.11Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.12Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.13The LORD takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.14The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.15What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.16The LORD says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.17Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald.”18In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,19the earrings and bracelets and veils,20the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms,21the signet rings and nose rings,22the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses23and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.24Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.25Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle.26The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.
2In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel.3Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.4The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.5Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy.6It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
1My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent,2for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.3With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.4In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.5They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.6Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.7When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.8May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.9May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.10May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.11May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.12May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.13May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.14May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.15May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth.16For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.17He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.18He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.19May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.