NASB — Revelation 18 — KJV

Babylon Is Fallen

1 After these things I saw another aangel bcoming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was cillumined with his glory. 2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “IaFallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She bhas become a dwelling place of demons and a IIprison of every cunclean spirit, and a IIprison of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all the nations Ihave drunk of the awine of the IIpassion of her immorality, and bthe kings of the earth have committed [acts of] immorality with her, and the cmerchants of the earth have become rich by the IIIwealth of her IVdsensuality.”

[1] aRv 17:1, 7 bRv 10:1 cEzk 43:2
[2] ILit Babylon...fell, fell IIOr haunt aIs 21:9; Jr 51:8; Rv 14:8 bIs 13:21f; 34:11, 13-15; Jr 50:39; 51:37; Zp 2:14f cRv 16:13
[3] ITwo early ancient mss read have fallen by IILit wrath IIILit power IVOr luxury aJr 51:7; Rv 14:8 bRv 17:2; 18:9 cEzk 27:9-25; Rv 18:11, 15, 19, 23 d1Ti 5:11; Rv 18:7, 9

4 ¶ I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “aCome out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have Iapiled up as high as heaven, and God has bremembered her iniquities. 6 aPay her back even as she has paid, and Igive back [to her] double according to her deeds; in the bcup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. 7 aTo the degree that she glorified herself and blived Isensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘cI SIT [as] A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.’ 8 For this reason ain one day her plagues will come, Ipestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be bburned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her cis strong.

[4] aIs 52:11; Jr 50:8; 51:6, 9, 45; 2Co 6:17
[5] ILit joined together aJr 51:9 bRv 16:19
[6] ILit double to her aPs 137:8; Jr 50:15, 29 bRv 17:4
[7] IOr luxuriously aEzk 28:2-8 b1Ti 5:11; Rv 18:3, 9 cIs 47:7f; Zp 2:15
[8] ILit death aIs 47:9; Jr 50:31f; Rv 18:10 bRv 17:16 cJr 50:34; Rv 11:17f

Lament for Babylon

9 ¶ “And athe kings of the earth, who committed [acts of] immorality and blived Isensuously with her, will cweep and lament over her when they dsee the smoke of her burning, 10 astanding at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘bWoe, woe, cthe great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in done hour your judgment has come.’

[9] IOr luxuriously aRv 17:2; 18:3 b1Ti 5:11; Rv 18:3, 7 cEzk 26:16f; 27:35 dRv 14:11; 18:18; 19:3
[10] aRv 18:15, 17 bRv 18:16, 19 cRv 11:8; 16:19; 18:16, 18, 19, 21 dRv 17:12; 18:8, 17, 19

11 ¶ “And the amerchants of the earth bweep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more12 cargoes of agold and silver and precious Istones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every [kind of] citron wood and every article of ivory and every article [made] from very costly wood and IIbronze and iron and marble, 13 and cinnamon and Ispice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and [cargoes] of horses and chariots and IIslaves and IIIahuman lives. 14 The fruit Iyou long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and [men] will no longer find them. 15 The amerchants of bthese things, who became rich from her, will cstand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16 saying, ‘aWoe, woe, bthe great city, she who cwas clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and Iadorned with gold and precious IIstones and pearls; 17 for in aone hour such great wealth has been laid bwaste!’ And cevery shipmaster and every Ipassenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, astood at a distance, 18 and were acrying out as they bsaw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘cWhat [city] is like dthe great city?’ 19 And they threw adust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘bWoe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea cbecame rich by her Iwealth, for in bone hour she has been laid dwaste!’ 20 aRejoice over her, O heaven, and you Isaints and bapostles and prophets, because cGod has IIpronounced judgment for you against her.”

[11] aEzk 27:9-25; Rv 18:3, 15, 19, 23 bEzk 27:27-34
[12] ILit stone IIOr brass aEzk 27:12-22; Rv 17:4
[13] IGr amomon IILit bodies IIILit souls of people (Gr anthropoi) a1Ch 5:21; Ezk 27:13; 1Ti 1:10
[14] ILit of your soul’s desire
[15] aRv 18:3 bRv 18:12, 13 cRv 18:10
[16] ILit gilded IILit stone and pearl aRv 18:10, 19 bRv 18:10, 18, 19, 21 cRv 17:4
[17] ILit one who sails to a place aRv 18:10 bRv 17:16; 18:19 cEzk 27:28f
[18] aEzk 27:30 bRv 18:9 cEzk 27:32; Rv 13:4 dRv 18:10
[19] ILit costliness aJsh 7:6; Jb 2:12; Lm 2:10 bRv 18:10 cRv 18:3, 15 dRv 17:16; 18:17
[20] IOr holy ones IILit judged your judgment of her aJr 51:48; Rv 12:12 bLk 11:49f cRv 6:10; 18:6ff; 19:2

21 ¶ Then Ia astrong angel btook up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, cthe great city, be thrown down with violence, and dwill not be found any longer. 22 And athe sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the bsound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; 23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the avoice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your bmerchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived cby your sorcery. 24 And in her was found the ablood of prophets and of Isaints and of ball who have been slain on the earth.”

[21] ILit one aRv 5:2; 10:1 bJr 51:63f cRv 18:10 dEzk 26:21
[22] aIs 24:8; Ezk 26:13; Mt 9:23 bEc 12:4; Jr 25:10
[23] aJr 7:34; 16:9 bIs 23:8; Rv 6:15; 18:3 cNa 3:4; Rv 9:21
[24] IOr holy ones aRv 16:6; 17:6 bMt 23:35


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1 ¶ And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

[1] Is 60:1; Ezk 43:2; Lk 17:24; 2Th 2:8; Rv 17:1; 21:23.

Babylon is fallen.

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

[2] Lv 11:13; Is 13:19, 20; 14:23; 21:8, 9; 34:11; Jr 25:30; 50:39; 51:8, 37, 60; Jol 3:16; Mk 5:3; Lk 8:27; Rv 1:15; 5:2; 10:3; 14:8, 15; 16:19; 17:5, 18; 18:10, 21.
[3] Pv 23:1; Is 47:15; Jr 51:7, 34; Lm 4:5; Lk 7:25; 2P 2:1; Rv 14:8; 17:2; 18:9, 11, 23.

The people of God commanded to depart out of her.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her.

[4] Gn 19:12; Nu 16:26; Ps 50:18; Is 48:20; 52:11; Jr 50:8; 51:6, 45, 50; Mt 23:30; 24:15; 2Co 6:17; 1Ti 5:22; 2Jn 1:11.
[5] Gn 18:20; 2Ch 28:9; Ezr 9:6; Jr 51:9; Jna 1:2; Rv 16:19.
[6] Ex 21:23; Ps 137:8; Is 40:2; 61:7; Jr 16:18; 17:18; 50:15, 29; 51:24, 49; Zc 9:12; 2Ti 4:14; Rv 13:10; 14:10; 16:5, 19; 17:2, 4.
[7] Ps 45:9; Is 22:12; 47:1, 7; Jr 13:18; Lm 1:1; Ezk 28:2; Zp 2:15; 2Th 2:4.
[8] Jb 9:19; Ps 62:11; Is 27:1; 47:9; Jr 50:31, 34; 51:6, 58; 1Co 10:22; Rv 11:17; 17:18; 18:9, 10, 17, 19; 19:3.

The kings of the earth,

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

[9] Gn 19:28; Dt 29:23; Ps 58:10; Is 13:19; 30:33; 34:9; Jr 50:40, 46; Ezk 26:16; 32:9; Dn 4:14; Zc 11:2; Rv 14:11; 17:2, 12; 18:3, 7, 18, 20; 19:3.
[10] Nu 16:34; Is 21:9; Jr 30:7; 51:8; Jol 1:15; Am 5:16; Rv 14:8; 18:8, 16, 17, 19.

with the merchants and mariners, lament over her.

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What [city is] like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

[11] Pv 3:14; Is 23:1; 47:15; Ezk 26:17; 27:27; Zp 1:11, 18; Mt 22:5; Jn 2:16; 2P 2:3; Rv 13:16; 18:3, 9, 15, 20, 23.
[12] 1K 10:11; 2Ch 2:8; Pv 8:10; Ezk 27:5; Rv 17:4.
[13] Ex 21:16; Dt 24:7; 28:68; 1K 10:10, 15, 25; 2Ch 9:9; Ne 5:4, 8; Pv 7:17; So 1:3; 4:13; 5:5; Is 50:1; Ezk 27:13; Am 2:6; 6:6; 8:6; Jn 12:3; 1Ti 1:10; 2P 2:3.
[14] Nu 11:4, 34; Ps 78:18; 106:14; Lk 12:20; 16:25; 1Co 10:6; Jm 4:2; 1Jn 2:16.
[15] Jg 18:23; Ezk 27:31; Ho 12:7; Am 5:16; Zc 11:5; Mk 11:17; Ac 16:19; 19:24; Rv 18:3, 11.
[16] Lk 16:19; Rv 17:4; 18:10.
[17] Is 23:14; 47:9; Jr 51:8; Lm 4:6; Ezk 27:27; Jna 1:6; Rv 18:10, 11.
[18] Is 23:8; Jr 51:37; Ezk 27:30; Rv 13:4; 18:9, 10.
[19] Jsh 7:6; 1S 4:12; 2S 13:19; Ne 9:1; Jb 2:12; Ezk 27:30; Rv 18:8, 10, 15.

The saints rejoice for the judgments of God upon her.

20 Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft [he be], shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

[20] Dt 32:42; Jg 5:31; Ps 18:47; 48:11; 58:10; 94:1; 96:11; 107:42; 109:28; Pv 11:10; Is 26:21; 44:23; 49:13; Jr 51:47; Lk 11:49; 18:7; Ep 2:20; 3:5; 4:11; 2P 3:2; Jde 1:17; Rv 6:10; 19:1, 2.
[21] Ex 15:5; Ne 9:11; Jb 20:8; Ps 37:36; Jr 51:63; Ezk 26:21; Dn 11:19; Rv 12:8; 16:20; 18:22; 20:11.
[22] Is 24:8; Jr 7:34; 16:9; 25:10; 33:11; Ezk 26:13.
[23] 2K 9:22; Jb 21:17; Pv 4:18; 24:20; Is 23:8; 47:9; Ezk 27:24, 33; Na 3:4; Ac 8:11; Rv 12:9; 13:13; 17:2, 5; 18:3, 9, 11, 22; 21:8; 22:5, 15.
[24] Jr 2:34; 51:49; Ezk 22:9, 12, 27; Dn 7:21; Mt 23:27; Lk 11:47; Ac 7:52; 1Th 2:15; Rv 11:7; 16:6; 17:6; 19:2.


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