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Revelation 18 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The Fall of Babylon the Great
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After this I saw another angel with great authority coming down from heaven, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

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He called out in a mighty voice:

It has fallen,[fn]

Babylon the Great has fallen!

She has become a home for demons,

a haunt for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

and a haunt[fn] for every unclean and despicable beast.[fn]

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For all the nations have drunk[fn]

the wine of her sexual immorality,

which brings wrath.

The kings of the earth

have committed sexual immorality with her,

and the merchants of the earth

have grown wealthy from her sensuality and excess.

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Then I heard another voice from heaven:

Come out of her, my people,

so that you will not share in her sins

or receive any of her plagues.

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For her sins are piled up[fn] to heaven,

and God has remembered her crimes.

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Pay her back the way she also paid,

and double it according to her works.

In the cup in which she mixed,

mix a double portion for her.

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As much as she glorified herself and indulged her sensual and excessive ways,

give her that much torment and grief.

For she says in her heart,

“I sit as a queen;

I am not a widow,

and I will never see grief.”

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For this reason her plagues will come in just one day —

death and grief and famine.

She will be burned up with fire,

because the Lord God who judges her is mighty.

The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall
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The kings of the earth who have committed sexual immorality and shared her sensual and excessive ways will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke from her burning.

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They will stand far off in fear of her torment, saying,

Woe, woe, the great city,

Babylon, the mighty city!

For in a single hour

your judgment has come.

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The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo any longer ​— ​

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cargo of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet; all kinds of fragrant wood products; objects of ivory; objects of expensive wood, brass,[fn] iron, and marble;

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cinnamon, spice,[fn] incense, myrrh,[fn] and frankincense; wine, olive oil, fine flour, and grain; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and slaves ​— ​human lives.

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The fruit you craved has left you.

All your splendid and glamorous things are gone;

they will never find them again.

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The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand far off in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning,

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Woe, woe, the great city,

dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet,

adorned with gold, jewels, and pearls;

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for in a single hour

such fabulous wealth was destroyed!

And every shipmaster, seafarer, the sailors, and all who do business by sea, stood far off

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as they watched the smoke from her burning and kept crying out, “Who was like the great city? ”

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They threw dust on their heads and kept crying out, weeping, and mourning,

Woe, woe, the great city,

where all those who have ships on the sea

became rich from her wealth;

for in a single hour she was destroyed.

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Rejoice over her, heaven,

and you saints, apostles, and prophets,

because God has pronounced on her the judgment she passed on you!

The Finality of Babylon’s Fall
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Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,

In this way, Babylon the great city

will be thrown down violently

and never be found again.

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The sound of harpists, musicians,

flutists, and trumpeters

will never be heard in you again;

no craftsman of any trade

will ever be found in you again;

the sound of a mill

will never be heard in you again;

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the light of a lamp

will never shine in you again;

and the voice of a groom and bride

will never be heard in you again.

All this will happen

because your merchants

were the nobility of the earth,

because all the nations were deceived

by your sorcery.

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In her was found the blood of prophets and saints,

and of all those slaughtered on the earth.

CSB Footnotes
Other mss omit It has fallen
Or prison
Other mss omit the words and a haunt for every unclean beast. The words and despicable then refer to the bird of the previous line.
Some mss read collapsed ; other mss read fallen
Or sins have reached up
Or bronze, or copper
Other mss omit spice
Or perfume

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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