NASB — Revelation 17 — KJV

The Doom of Babylon

1 aThen one of the bseven angels who had the cseven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you dthe judgment of the egreat harlot who fsits on many waters, 2 with whom athe kings of the earth committed [acts of] immorality, and bthose who dwell on the earth were cmade drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 3 And ahe carried me away Ibin the Spirit cinto a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a dscarlet beast, full of eblasphemous names, having fseven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman awas clothed in purple and scarlet, and Iadorned with gold and precious IIstones and pearls, having in her hand ba gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name [was] written, a amystery, “bBABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF cTHE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” 6 And I saw the woman drunk with athe blood of the Isaints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered IIgreatly. 7 And the angel said to me, “Why Ido you wonder? I will tell you the amystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the bseven heads and the ten horns.

[1] aRv 1:1; 21:9 bRv 15:1 cRv 15:7 dRv 16:19 eIs 1:21; Jr 2:20; Na 3:4; Rv 17:5, 15f; 19:2 fJr 51:13; Rv 17:15
[2] aRv 2:22; 18:3, 9 bRv 3:10; 17:8 cRv 14:8
[3] IOr in spirit aRv 21:10 bRv 1:10 cRv 12:6, 14; 21:10 dMt 27:28; Rv 18:12, 16 eRv 13:1 fRv 12:3; 17:7, 9, 12, 16
[4] ILit gilded IILit stone aEzk 28:13; Rv 18:12, 16 bJr 51:7; Rv 18:6
[5] a2Th 2:7; Rv 1:20; 17:7 bRv 14:8; 16:19 cRv 17:2
[6] IOr holy ones IILit with great wonder aRv 16:6
[7] ILit have you wondered a2Th 2:7; Rv 1:20; 17:5 bRv 17:3

8 ¶ “aThe beast that you saw bwas, and is not, and is about to ccome up out of the dabyss and Iego to destruction. And fthose who dwell on the earth, gwhose name has not been written in the book of life hfrom the foundation of the world, will iwonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. 9 aHere is the mind which has wisdom. The bseven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven akings; 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 awas and is not, is himself also an eighth and is [one] of the seven, and he bgoes to destruction. 12 The aten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast bfor one hour. 13 These have aone Ipurpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

[8] IOne early ms reads is going aDn 7:7 bRv 13:3, 12, 14; 17:11 cRv 11:7; 13:1 dRv 9:1; 13:1 eRv 13:10; 17:11 fRv 3:10 gPs 69:28; Rv 3:5 hMt 25:34; Rv 13:8 iRv 13:3
[9] aRv 13:18 bRv 17:3
[10] aRv 10:11
[11] aRv 13:3, 12, 14; 17:8 bRv 13:10; 17:8
[12] aDn 7:24; Rv 12:3; 13:1; 17:16 bRv 18:10, 17, 19
[13] IOr mind aRv 17:17

Victory for the Lamb

14 These will wage awar against the Lamb, and the Lamb will bovercome them, because He is cLord of lords and cKing of kings, and dthose who are with Him [are the] ecalled and chosen and faithful.”

[14] aRv 16:14 bRv 3:21 c1Ti 6:15; Rv 19:16 dRv 2:10f eMt 22:14

15 ¶ And he *said to me, “The awaters which you saw where the harlot sits, are bpeoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 And the aten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her bdesolate and cnaked, and will deat her flesh and will eburn her up with fire. 17 For aGod has put it in their hearts to execute His Ipurpose IIby bhaving a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the cwords of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is athe great city, which Ireigns over the kings of the earth.”

[15] aIs 8:7; Jr 47:2; Rv 17:1 bRv 5:9
[16] aRv 17:12 bRv 18:17, 19 cEzk 16:37, 39 dRv 19:18 eRv 18:8
[17] IOr mind IILit even to do one mind and to give a2Co 8:16 bRv 17:13 cRv 10:7
[18] ILit has a kingdom aRv 11:8; 16:19


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1 ¶ And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

[1] Is 57:3; Jr 51:13; Na 3:4; Lk 9:30; 24:32; Rv 4:1; 15:1, 6; 16:19; 17:1, 4, 15; 18:16; 19:2; 21:9, 15.
[2] Jr 51:7; Rv 14:8; 17:13, 17; 18:3, 9, 23.

A woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, with a golden cup in her hand, sitteth upon the beast,

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

[3] 1K 18:12; 2K 2:16; So 8:5; Ezk 3:12; 8:3; 11:24; Dn 7:8, 20, 25; 11:36; Ac 8:39; 2Th 2:4; Rv 1:10; 4:2; 12:3, 6, 14; 13:1; 17:4, 6, 9, 18; 21:10.
[4] Dt 29:17; 1K 14:24; 2K 21:2; Ezr 9:11; Is 66:3; Jr 51:7; Lm 1:9; Ezk 20:30; 24:11, 13; 36:25; Dn 11:38; Ho 9:10; 2Th 2:3; Rv 14:8; 18:6, 7, 12, 16; 19:2.

which is great Babylon, the mother of all abominations.

5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

[5] Is 3:9; Jr 51:47; Php 3:19; 2Th 2:7; 2Ti 3:1; Rv 7:3; 11:8; 14:8; 16:19; 18:2, 9, 10, 21; 19:2.
[6] Dn 7:21, 25; Hab 1:13; Ac 22:20; Rv 2:13; 6:9; 12:11; 13:7, 15; 16:6; 18:20.
[7] Rv 17:1, 8.

The punishment of the whore.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

[8] Dn 7:11, 26; 11:45; Mt 25:34; Jn 17:24; Ac 15:18; Ep 1:4; 2Th 2:3; Tit 1:2; 1P 1:20; Rv 9:2; 11:7; 13:1, 3, 8, 11; 14:8; 16:1; 17:11; 19:15; 20:10, 12, 15.

The interpretation of the seven heads,

9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

[9] Dn 12:4, 8; Ho 14:9; Mt 13:11; 24:15; Rv 13:1, 18; 17:3, 7, 18.
[11] Rv 17:8.

and the ten horns.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

[12] Dn 2:40; 7:7, 20, 24; Zc 1:18; Rv 12:3; 13:1.
[13] Is 10:5; Ezk 38:10; Ac 4:28; Php 1:27; 2:2; Rv 17:17.

The victory of the Lamb.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

[14] Dt 10:17; Ps 2:8; 21:8; 110:5; 136:2; 149:5; Pv 8:15; Jr 1:15, 19; 50:44; Dn 2:44, 47; 7:21, 25, 26; 11:9, 24; Mi 5:7; Zc 2:8; Mt 25:40; Jn 15:16; Ac 9:4; Ro 8:30, 37; 1Co 15:24; 1Ti 6:15; 2Ti 2:4; He 3:1; 1P 2:9; Rv 1:5; 2:10; 6:12; 8:6; 11:7; 14:1; 16:14; 19:14, 15, 16.
[15] Ps 18:4; 65:7; 93:3; Is 8:7; Jr 51:13, 42, 55; Rv 10:11; 11:9; 13:7; 17:1.
[16] Lv 21:9; Jb 31:31; Ps 27:2; Is 13:17; Jr 50:41; Ezk 16:37; 23:45; Dn 7:5; Rv 16:12; 17:1, 2, 10, 12, 13; 18:8, 16.
[17] Ezr 7:27; Ps 105:25; Pv 19:21; 21:1; Is 45:17; 46:10; Jr 27:6; 32:40; Ezk 38:16; Dn 12:7; Lk 22:3, 22, 37; Jn 10:35; 12:39; 13:2, 18; 19:24, 28; Ac 4:27; 2Th 2:10; Jm 1:13; Rv 6:11; 10:7; 15:1; 17:13.
[18] Dn 2:40; 7:23; Lk 2:1; Rv 12:4; 16:19; 18:2.


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