Grief over Babylon

“And (A)the kings of the earth, who committed acts of sexual immorality and (B)lived luxuriously with her, will (C)weep and mourn over her when they (D)see the smoke of her burning, 10 (E)standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘(F)Woe, woe, (G)the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in (H)one hour your judgment has come.’

11 “And the (I)merchants of the earth (J)weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo any more— 12 cargo of (K)gold, silver, precious [a]stones, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet; every kind of citron wood, every article of ivory, and every article made from very valuable wood, [b]bronze, iron, and marble; 13 cinnamon, [c]spice, incense, perfume, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, and cargo of horses, carriages, [d]slaves, and (L)human lives. 14 The fruit [e]you long for has left you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and people will no longer find them. 15 The (M)merchants of (N)these things, who became rich from her, will (O)stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16 saying, ‘(P)Woe, woe, (Q)the great city, she who (R)was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and [f]adorned with gold, precious [g]stones, and pearls; 17 for in (S)one hour such great wealth has been laid (T)waste!’ And (U)every shipmaster and every [h]passenger and sailor, and all who [i]make their living by the sea, (V)stood at a distance, 18 and were (W)crying out as they (X)saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘(Y)What city is like (Z)the great city?’ 19 And they threw (AA)dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘(AB)Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea (AC)became rich from her prosperity, for in (AD)one hour she has been laid (AE)waste!’ 20 (AF)Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you [j]saints and (AG)apostles and prophets, because (AH)God has [k]pronounced judgment for you against her.”

21 Then [l]a (AI)strong angel (AJ)picked up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, (AK)the great city, be thrown down with violence, and (AL)will never be found again. 22 And (AM)the sound of harpists, musicians, flute players, and trumpeters will never be heard in you again; and no craftsman of any craft will ever be found in you again; and the (AN)sound of a mill will never be heard in you again; 23 and the light of a lamp will never shine in you again; and the (AO)voice of the groom and bride will never be heard in you again; for your (AP)merchants were the powerful people of the earth, because all the nations were deceived (AQ)by your witchcraft. 24 And in her was found the (AR)blood of prophets and of [m]saints, and of (AS)all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

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  1. Revelation 18:12 Lit stone
  2. Revelation 18:12 Or brass
  3. Revelation 18:13 Gr amomon, an Indian spice plant
  4. Revelation 18:13 Lit bodies
  5. Revelation 18:14 Lit of your soul’s desire
  6. Revelation 18:16 Lit gilded
  7. Revelation 18:16 Lit stone and pearl
  8. Revelation 18:17 Lit one who sails to a place
  9. Revelation 18:17 Lit work the sea
  10. Revelation 18:20 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  11. Revelation 18:20 Lit judged your judgment of her
  12. Revelation 18:21 Lit one
  13. Revelation 18:24 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people