Revelation 17:18

18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

Read Revelation 17:18 Using Other Translations

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth."
And this woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the world.”

What does Revelation 17:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Revelation 17:18

And the woman which thou sawest
( Revelation 17:3 ) as there described,

is that great city,
often mentioned in this book; great Babylon, the city of Rome, ( Revelation 11:8 ) ( 14:8 ) ( 16:19 ) which reigneth over the kings of the earth; which then reigned in John's time over the kings of the earth; and this clearly points out the city of Rome, for there was no other city then, but that, which reigned over the kings of the earth; that was then the metropolis of the Roman empire, to which the whole world was subject; and therefore it is called all the world, ( Luke 2:1 ) and since, all the kings of the empire have been under the jurisdiction of Rome Papal. It was formerly called Urbs Regum, a "city of kings" F26, either for the reason in the text, or because its inhabitants looked like kings.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 Justin. l. 18. c. 2.
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