Revelation 18

Babylon Is Fallen

2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "4Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She 5has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every 6unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 "For all the nations have drunk of the 7wine of the passion of her immorality, and 8the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the 9merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her 10sensuality."
4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "11Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;
5 for her sins have 12piled up as high as heaven, and God has 13remembered her iniquities.
6 "14Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double * according to her deeds; in the 15cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.
7 "16To the degree that she glorified herself and 17lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, '18I SIT as A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.'
8 "For this reason 19in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be 20burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her 21is strong.

Lament for Babylon

9 "And 22the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and 23lived sensuously with her, will 24weep and lament over her when they 25see the smoke of her burning,
10 26standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, '27Woe, woe, 28the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in 29one hour your judgment has come.'
11 "And the 30merchants of the earth 31weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more -
12 cargoes of 32gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble,
13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and 33human lives.
14 "The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.
15 "The 34merchants of 35these things, who became rich from her, will 36stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning,
16 saying, '37Woe, woe, 38the great city, she who 39was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls;
17 for in 40one hour such great wealth has been laid 41waste!' And 42every shipmaster and every passenger * * and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, 43stood at a distance,
18 and were 44crying out as they 45saw the smoke of her burning, saying, '46What city is like 47the great city?'
19 "And they threw 48dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, '49Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea 50became rich by her wealth, for in 51one hour she has been laid 52waste!'
20 "53Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and 54apostles and prophets, because 55God has pronounced judgment for you against her."
21 Then a 56strong angel 57took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon, 58the great city, be thrown down with violence, and 59will not be found any longer.
22 "And 60the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no * * craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the 61sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer;
23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the 62voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your 63merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived 64by your sorcery.
24 "And in her was found the 65blood of prophets and of saints and of 66all who have been slain on the earth."
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