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Revelation 18 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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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 cried in a mighty voice:

It has fallen,[fn]

Babylon the Great has fallen!

She has become a dwelling 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 excessive luxury.

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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 lived luxuriously,

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 one day[fn] —

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 lived luxuriously with her will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of 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[fn]

your judgment has come.

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

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merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones, and pearls; fine fabrics of 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][fn] incense, myrrh,[fn] and frankincense; wine, olive oil, fine wheat flour, and grain; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and slaves[fn] and human lives.[fn]

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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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saying:

Woe, woe, the great city,

dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet,

adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls,

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for in a single hour[fn]

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 is 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[fn] she was destroyed.

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Rejoice over her, heaven,

and you saints, apostles, and prophets,

because God has executed your judgment on her![fn]

  
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,[fn]

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and the blood of prophets and saints,

and of all those slaughtered on earth,

was found in you.[fn]

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HCSB 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 have collapsed ; other mss read have fallen
Or sins have reached up
Suddenly
Suddenly
Or bronze, or copper
Other mss omit spice
Or amomum, an aromatic plant
Or perfume
Or bodies
Slaves; “bodies” was the Gk way of referring to slaves; “souls of men” was the Hb way.
Suddenly
Suddenly
Or God pronounced on her the judgment she passed on you ; see Rv 18:6
Ancient sorcery or witchcraft often used spells and drugs. Here the term may be non-literal, that is, Babylon drugged the nations with her beauty and power.
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