Revelation chapter 17

    1. And there came one of those seven angels, the ones who have the seven chalices, and spoke with me as he said, "Come, let me show you the judgment* of that great prostitute, who sits over great waters,
    2. "With whom fornicated the kings of the earth, and from whose wine of prostitution became drunk the dwellers of the earth."
    3. And he took me [back] to the wilderness spiritually*, and I saw the woman as she sat on a red demon*, that was full of blasphemous names, that has seven heads and ten horns.
    4. And that woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and adorned* with gold, precious stones and pearls, who has a golden cup in her hand which is filled with the filth and uncleanness of her prostitution on earth.
    5. And between her eyes,* the disposition that is written: Babylon the Great, Mother of prostitution and earthly satisfactions.
    6. And I saw the woman that was drunk with the blood of the Saints and the witnesses of Jesus, and I was amazed as I saw the great wonder.
    7. And the angel told me, "Are you amazed because of this? I will tell you about the disposition of the woman and the demon who bears her, the one who has the seven heads and the ten horns.
    8. "The demon* that you saw was going to be and he was destined to rise out of the abyss and go to oblivion, the dwellers of the earth will be amazed, those whose name is not written in the book of Life from the foundation of the universe, as they see that demon who was going to be and he was not going to be, (and) [as] he fought.
    9. "This is where the mind that has wisdom [manifests itself.]* These seven heads are seven mountains, over which that woman sits.
    10. "And the kings are seven, five of which have fallen, one of them is, and the last one is yet to come, and when he comes he will have little desire to rule.*
    11. "And the demon who was going to be and was not going to be, and this one is the eight, but* comes from the seven and is a destroyer*.
    12. "And the ten horns that you saw, are ten kings, those people* who have not yet been crowned*, except authority as kings is given* them [for] one hour with that demon.*
    13. "They [only] have one desire and their power and authority they give to that demon.
    14. "These will fight with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall be victorious over them, for he is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, and those with him [are] the called and the chosen and the faithful."
    15. And he told me, "The waters that you saw, where that prostitute sits, they are the nations and peoples, and motherlands and tongues.
    16. "And the ten horns that you saw and that demon, they hate that prostitute, and they will lay* her to waste and [leave her] naked, and they will eat her flesh and set her aflame.*
    17. "For God has put* it in their hearts to do His will only,* and give their kingship to that demon, until these words of God are fulfilled.
    18. "And the woman that you saw, is that great city* which rules* the kings of the world.*

    Footnotes:
    17:1*Lit. Ar. id.: "Sentence," or: condemnation.
    17:3*Lit. Ar. id.: "By the spirit."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Carnivorous creature," or: demonic beast.
    17:4*Lit. Ar. id.: "Gilded."
    17:5*Lit. Ar. id.: "On her forehead."
    17:9*Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "This is where the mind that has wisdom."
    17:10*Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Little blessed is he to [hold] them together."
    17:11*Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Oblivionator."
    17:12*Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [beings.]"
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Placed," or "set up."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Set."
    *The Soviet Union and its satellite states.
    17:16*Lit. Ar. id.: "Make."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Burn her with fire."
    17:17*Lit. Ar. id.: "Give."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And to do one will."
    17:18*World Empire.
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Has kingship upon."
    *... approximately present day at this point of the vision.

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