New International Version
11 “The merchants(A) of the earth will weep and mourn(B) over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore(C)— 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;(D) 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.(E)
14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her(F) will stand far off,(G) terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn(H) 16 and cry out:
“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,(M) will stand far off.(N) 18 When they see the smoke of her burning,(O) they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city(P)?’(Q) 19 They will throw dust on their heads,(R) and with weeping and mourning(S) cry out:
The Finality of Babylon’s Doom
“With such violence
the great city(Z) 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.(AA)
No worker of any trade
will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
will never be heard in you again.(AB)
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.(AC)
Your merchants were the world’s important people.(AD)
By your magic spell(AE) all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,(AF)
of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”(AG)