By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic
Or, "by thy great wisdom in thy traffic" F9; through great skill in trade and commerce: hast thou increased thy riches;
to a very great degree, a prodigious bulk; so antichrist has done, especially through trafficking with the souls of men, which is one part of his merchandise, as it was of Tyre, ( Revelation 18:13 ) ( Ezekiel 27:13 ) : and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches;
which are apt to puff up and make men highminded, and swell them with a vain opinion of themselves, and to make haughty, insolent, and scornful, in their behaviour to others; thus elated with worldly grandeur and riches, the whore of Rome is represented as proud, vain, and haughty, ( Revelation 18:7 ) .
F9 (Ktlkrb) "in negotione tua", V. L. Pagninus, Starckius; "in mercatura tua", Junius & Tremellius.