32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist(A) him.

33 “Those who are wise will instruct(B) many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.(C) 34 When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere(D) will join them. 35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined,(E) purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

The King Who Exalts Himself

36 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself(F) above every god and will say unheard-of things(G) against the God of gods.(H) He will be successful until the time of wrath(I) is completed, for what has been determined must take place.(J) 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all.

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Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit(A) into a wilderness.(B) There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet(C) beast that was covered with blasphemous names(D) and had seven heads and ten horns.(E)

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I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people,(A) the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.

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Give back to her as she has given;
    pay her back(A) double(B) for what she has done.
    Pour her a double portion from her own cup.(C)

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Give her as much torment and grief
    as the glory and luxury she gave herself.(A)
In her heart she boasts,
    ‘I sit enthroned as queen.
I am not a widow;[a]
    I will never mourn.’(B)

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  1. Revelation 18:7 See Isaiah 47:7,8.

Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her(A) and shared her luxury(B) see the smoke of her burning,(C) they will weep and mourn over her.(D) 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off(E) and cry:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,(F)
    you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour(G) your doom has come!’

11 “The merchants(H) of the earth will weep and mourn(I) over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore(J) 12 cargoes 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;(K) 13 cargoes 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.(L)

14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’

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24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,(A)
    of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”(B)

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