The Doom of Babylon

17 (A)Then one of the (B)seven angels who had the (C)seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you (D)the judgment of the (E)great prostitute who (F)sits on many waters, with whom (G)the kings of the earth committed acts of sexual immorality, and (H)those who live on the earth (I)became drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality.” And (J)he carried me away [a](K)in the Spirit (L)into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a (M)scarlet beast, full of (N)blasphemous names, having (O)seven heads and ten horns. The woman (P)was clothed in purple and scarlet, and [b]adorned with gold, precious [c]stones, and pearls, holding in her hand (Q)a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her sexual immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, [d]a (R)mystery: “(S)BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF (T)THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with (U)the blood of the [e]saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered [f]greatly. And the angel said to me, “Why [g]do you wonder? I will tell you the (V)mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the (W)seven heads and the ten horns.

(X)The beast that you saw (Y)was, and is not, and is about to (Z)come up out of the (AA)abyss and [h](AB)go to destruction. And (AC)those who live on the earth, (AD)whose names have not been written in the book of life (AE)from the foundation of the world, will (AF)wonder when they see the beast, that he was, and is not, and will [i]come. (AG)Here is the mind which has wisdom. The (AH)seven heads are seven mountains upon which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven (AI)kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which (AJ)was, and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he (AK)goes to destruction. 12 The (AL)ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast (AM)for one hour. 13 These have (AN)one [j]purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

Victory for the Lamb

14 These will wage (AO)war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will (AP)overcome them because He is (AQ)Lord of lords and (AR)King of kings; and (AS)those who are with Him are the (AT)called and chosen and faithful.”

15 And he *said to me, “The (AU)waters which you saw where the prostitute sits are (AV)peoples and multitudes, and nations and languages. 16 And the (AW)ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her (AX)desolate and (AY)naked, and will (AZ)eat her flesh and will (BA)burn her up with fire. 17 For (BB)God has put it in their hearts to execute His [k]purpose [l]by (BC)having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the (BD)words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is (BE)the great city, which [m]reigns over the kings of the earth.”

Babylon Is Fallen

18 After these things I saw another (BF)angel (BG)coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was (BH)illuminated from his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “[n](BI)Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She (BJ)has become a dwelling place of demons and a [o]prison of every (BK)unclean spirit, and a [p]prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have fallen because of the (BL)wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and (BM)the kings of the earth have committed acts of sexual immorality with her, and the (BN)merchants of the earth have become rich from the [q]excessive wealth of her [r](BO)luxury.”

I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “(BP)Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive any of her plagues; for her sins have [s](BQ)piled up as high as heaven, and God has (BR)remembered her offenses. (BS)Pay her back even as she has paid, and [t]give back to her double according to her deeds; in the (BT)cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. (BU)To the extent that she glorified herself and (BV)lived luxuriously, to the same extent give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘(BW)I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’ For this reason (BX)in one day her plagues will come, [u]plague and mourning and famine, and she will be (BY)burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her (BZ)is strong.

Grief over Babylon

“And (CA)the kings of the earth, who committed acts of sexual immorality and (CB)lived luxuriously with her, will (CC)weep and mourn over her when they (CD)see the smoke of her burning, 10 (CE)standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘(CF)Woe, woe, (CG)the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in (CH)one hour your judgment has come.’

11 “And the (CI)merchants of the earth (CJ)weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo any more— 12 cargo of (CK)gold, silver, precious [v]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, [w]bronze, iron, and marble; 13 cinnamon, [x]spice, incense, perfume, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, and cargo of horses, carriages, [y]slaves, and (CL)human lives. 14 The fruit [z]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 (CM)merchants of (CN)these things, who became rich from her, will (CO)stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16 saying, ‘(CP)Woe, woe, (CQ)the great city, she who (CR)was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and [aa]adorned with gold, precious [ab]stones, and pearls; 17 for in (CS)one hour such great wealth has been laid (CT)waste!’ And (CU)every shipmaster and every [ac]passenger and sailor, and all who [ad]make their living by the sea, (CV)stood at a distance, 18 and were (CW)crying out as they (CX)saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘(CY)What city is like (CZ)the great city?’ 19 And they threw (DA)dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘(DB)Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea (DC)became rich from her prosperity, for in (DD)one hour she has been laid (DE)waste!’ 20 (DF)Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you [ae]saints and (DG)apostles and prophets, because (DH)God has [af]pronounced judgment for you against her.”

21 Then [ag]a (DI)strong angel (DJ)picked up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, (DK)the great city, be thrown down with violence, and (DL)will never be found again. 22 And (DM)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 (DN)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 (DO)voice of the groom and bride will never be heard in you again; for your (DP)merchants were the powerful people of the earth, because all the nations were deceived (DQ)by your witchcraft. 24 And in her was found the (DR)blood of prophets and of [ah]saints, and of (DS)all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 17:3 Or in spirit
  2. Revelation 17:4 Lit gilded
  3. Revelation 17:4 Lit stone
  4. Revelation 17:5 Or “MYSTERY...”
  5. Revelation 17:6 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  6. Revelation 17:6 Lit with great wonder
  7. Revelation 17:7 Lit have you wondered
  8. Revelation 17:8 One early ms is going
  9. Revelation 17:8 Lit be present
  10. Revelation 17:13 Or mind
  11. Revelation 17:17 Or mind
  12. Revelation 17:17 Lit even to do one mind and to give
  13. Revelation 17:18 Lit has a kingdom
  14. Revelation 18:2 Lit Babylon...fell, fell
  15. Revelation 18:2 Or haunt
  16. Revelation 18:2 Or haunt
  17. Revelation 18:3 Lit power
  18. Revelation 18:3 Or sensuality
  19. Revelation 18:5 Lit joined together
  20. Revelation 18:6 Lit double to her
  21. Revelation 18:8 Lit death; i.e., a particular kind of death
  22. Revelation 18:12 Lit stone
  23. Revelation 18:12 Or brass
  24. Revelation 18:13 Gr amomon, an Indian spice plant
  25. Revelation 18:13 Lit bodies
  26. Revelation 18:14 Lit of your soul’s desire
  27. Revelation 18:16 Lit gilded
  28. Revelation 18:16 Lit stone and pearl
  29. Revelation 18:17 Lit one who sails to a place
  30. Revelation 18:17 Lit work the sea
  31. Revelation 18:20 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  32. Revelation 18:20 Lit judged your judgment of her
  33. Revelation 18:21 Lit one
  34. Revelation 18:24 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people