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Chapter 18

1Afterward I saw another angel come down from heaven. He possessed great authority and his splendor lighted up the earth. 2He cried out with a mighty voice,

“She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become the haunt of demons, and a dungeon for every foul spirit and every unclean and loathsome bird, 3for after drinking the wine of the passion of her immorality all the heathen have fallen; the kings of the earth have joined in her idolatry, and the traders of the earth have grown rich from her excessive luxury!”

4Then I heard another voice from heaven say,

“Come out of her, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, and suffer from her plagues. 5For her sins are piled up to the sky, and God has remembered her crimes. 6Pay her back in her own coin, and give her double for what she has done. In the cup she mixed for others, mix her a double draught. 7The more she has given herself to pride and luxury the more you must give her torture and grief. Because she says to herself, ‘I sit on a throne; I am not a widow, I shall never have any sorrow,’ 8her plagues will overtake her in one day, death, grief, and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who has judged her is mighty. 9The kings of the earth who have joined in her idolatry and luxury will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke from her burning. 10They will stand a long way off for fear of her torture and say, ‘Alas! Alas for the great city, for Babylon the mighty city, for in a single hour your judgment has overtaken you!’ 11The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one will buy their cargoes any more— 12cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet, all kinds of citron wood, all kinds of objects of ivory and costly wood, bronze, iron, and marble, 13and cinnamon, spices, incense, perfume, frankincense, wine, olive oil, flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, carriages, slaves—and human lives! 14The fruit of your soul’s desire is gone, your luxury and splendor have perished, and people will never find them again. 15The dealers in these things, who had grown rich from their trade with her, for fear of her torture will stand a long way off, weeping and mourning, 16and say, ‘Alas! Alas for the great city that was dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and glittered with gold, precious stones, and pearls, 17for in a single hour this vast wealth has been destroyed!’ All navigators and all who travel by sea, sailors and sea-faring men, stood a long way off 18and cried out when they saw the smoke from her burning, ‘What city was like the great city?’ 19They threw dust on their heads and wept and mourned, crying out, ‘Alas! Alas for the great city, where all who had ships on the sea grew rich through her extravagance! For in a single hour she has been destroyed!’ 20Gloat over her, heaven! and all you people of God, apostles, and prophets, for God has avenged you upon her!”

21Then a mighty angel caught up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,

“With such violence will Babylon the great city be hurled to destruction and never be seen again! 22The sound of harpists and musicians, flute-players, and trumpets will never be heard in you again. No craftsman of any kind will ever be found in you again, no sound of the millstone will ever be heard in you again; 23no light of any lamp will ever shine in you again; no voice of bride or bridegroom will ever be heard in you again. For your merchants were the great men of the earth; by your magic all the heathen have been led astray, 24and in you was found the blood of prophets, God’s people, and all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

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