29 All who handle the oars
    will abandon their ships;
the mariners and all the sailors
    will stand on the shore.

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17 In one hour(A) such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’(B)

“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,(C) will stand far off.(D) 18 When they see the smoke of her burning,(E) they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city(F)?’(G) 19 They will throw dust on their heads,(H) and with weeping and mourning(I) cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,(J)
    where all who had ships on the sea
    became rich through her wealth!
In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’(K)

20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!(L)
    Rejoice, you people of God!
    Rejoice, apostles and prophets!
For God has judged her
    with the judgment she imposed on you.”(M)

The Finality of Babylon’s Doom

21 Then a mighty angel(N) picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea,(O) and said:

“With such violence
    the great city(P) of Babylon will be thrown down,
    never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,
    will never be heard in you again.(Q)
No worker of any trade
    will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
    will never be heard in you again.(R)
23 The light of a lamp
    will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
    will never be heard in you again.(S)
Your merchants were the world’s important people.(T)
    By your magic spell(U) all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,(V)
    of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”(W)

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10 I will cause many peoples to be appalled at you,
    and their kings will shudder with horror because of you
    when I brandish my sword(A) before them.
On the day(B) of your downfall
    each of them will tremble
    every moment for his life.(C)

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16 Then all the princes of the coast will step down from their thrones and lay aside their robes and take off their embroidered(A) garments. Clothed(B) with terror, they will sit on the ground,(C) trembling(D) every moment, appalled(E) at you.

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