1 The Fall of Babylon
1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 With a mighty voice he shouted: 2 "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! 2 She has become a home for demons 2 and a haunt for every evil[a] spirit, 2 a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
9 "When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: 10 " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, 10 O Babylon, city of power! 10 In one hour your doom has come!'
11 "The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more— 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.
14 "They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.' 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out: 16 " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, 16 dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, 16 and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!'
17 "Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?' 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: 19 " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, 19 where all who had ships on the sea 19 became rich through her wealth! 19 In one hour she has been brought to ruin!
21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: 21 "With such violence 21 the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, 21 never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, 22 will never be heard in you again. 22 No workman of any trade 22 will ever be found in you again. 22 The sound of a millstone 22 will never be heard in you again.
23 The light of a lamp 23 will never shine in you again. 23 The voice of bridegroom and bride 23 will never be heard in you again. 23 Your merchants were the world's great men. 23 By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
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