Revelation chapter 18

    1. After these I saw another angel who came down from heaven, who has great authority, and the earth glowed with his glory.
    2. And he cried out in a powerful voice as he said,

            "There she falls!
            There she falls!
            Babylon the Great!
            The dwelling place of demons,*
            And the haunt* of every evil spirit
            And of every flying and hated spirit,*
            And of every filthy and hated demon.
            3. "For of the wine of her ferment
            ...drank all the nations,
            And the kings of the earth
            ...fornicated with her,
            And the merchants of the earth,
            ...from the strength
            Of her inner [frills*],
            ...became rich."

    4. And I heard another voice from heaven that said,

            "Flee* from her, my people,
            ...so as not to be a partaker*
            ......of her sins.
            And from her punishments*
            ...that you may not be
            ......a recipient*.
            5. "For her sins have
            ...stacked up to heaven,
            And God has recalled
            ...her abominations.
            6. "So*, pay her as she paid out,
            ...and repay* her double
            ......like her works,
            Of the cup that she mixed for you,
            ...mix her a double [portion.]
            7. "How she swaggers in her gait,*
            ...all these shall give her
            ......pain and grief,
            For in her heart she says that,

            ...'I preside a Queen,*
            Neither am I a widow,
            ...nor will I see sorrow.'

            8. "Because of this, one day
            ...her punishment* will come:
            Death and travail and famine,
            ...and by fire she will burn,
            For Omnipotent is the God
            ...who judges her.
            9. "And they shall weep and wail
            ...and writhe over her
            ......the kings of the world,
            Those who fornicated
            ...and showed off* with her,
            When they see the smoke
            ...of her pyre,
            10. "As they stand from afar,
            ...from the fear of her agonies,
            As they say,
            'Woe, woe, that great city,
            ...Babylon,
            That powerful city,
            ...for in one hour
            There came
            ...your judgment.'
            11. "And the merchants of the earth
            ...wail over her,
            For their cargo
            ...no one will buy.
            12. "And never again,
            ...cargo of gold and silver,
            And precious stones
            ...and pearls and fine linen and
            ......purple and red silk
            And every [type] of incense wood
            ...and every [type] of ivory plate
            And every wooden plate of great worth,*
            And of bronze and steel and marble.
            13. "And cinnamon and ommamon*
            ...and perfumes*
            And myrrh and frankincense,
            ...and wine and oil
            And flour and wheat,
            ...and cattle and sheep
            And horses and wagons
            ...and hides
            And even human beings*
            14. "And the craving for your own fruit
            ...has left you,*
            And all those divine and pure
            ...have disappeared from you,
            (and) Never again their merchants*
            ...are to be found,
            15. "Those who became rich
            ...from her, stood from afar,
            Because of her fearsome punishment,*
            ...and they cried and they wailed.
            16. "As they said,
            'Woe, woe, that great city,
            Dressed in fine linen,
            ...and purple and scarlet,
            And gilded in gold,
            ...and in precious stones and pearls,
            For in one hour
            ...was your wealth here destroyed.'
            17. "And every ship's captain*
            ...and every traveler* and seafarers*
            And every merchant marine*,
            ...stood from afar,
            18. "And cried out, as they saw
            ...the smoke of her pyre, saying,
            'What resembles that great city?'*
            19. "And they threw dust
            ...over their heads,
            And they shouted as they cried,
            ...and wailed, saying,
            'Woe, woe, that great city,
            ...by whom enriched themselves,
            All those who had ships at sea,
            ...from her preciousness,
            For in one hour
            ...she lay* in ruins.'
            20. "Rejoice over her, O heaven,
            ...angels, apostles and prophets,*
            For God shall extract judgment
            ...on your behalf from her."*

    21. And an angel took a stone like that of a great mill and threw it in the sea, while saying,

            "With such force*
            ...shall great Babylon be thrown,
            And never again
            ...will it be found.
            22. And the sound of the harp players
            ...and the musicians
            And the singers
            ...and trumpets,
            Will not be heard
            ...in you again,
            And every artist
            ...of every art
            Will not be
            ...in you again.
            23. "And the light of the lamp
            ...will not be found
            ......in you again,
            And the sound of milling
            ...and wheat [grinding]*
            ......will not be heard
            .........in you again,
            Because your merchants
            ...were such great [ones]
            ......of the earth,
            Since through your sorcery
            ...all the nations
            ......were lost.
            24. "And in her the blood
            ...of the prophets and saints
            ......will be found,
            And all those
            ...who were slaughtered
            ......on the earth."

    Footnotes:
    18:2*Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And [she] becomes the dwelling place of demons."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Prison," or "protectorate."
    *Male and female evil spirits mentioned separately.
    18:3*Lit. Ar. id.: "Lining," or: luxuries.
    18:4*Lit. Ar. id.: "Exit."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Be associated with."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Plagues."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Eat your fill."
    18:6*Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Double [her.]"
    18:7*Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "How much that she pretties herself in her showing off."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Sit a Queen."
    18:8*Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "plagues."
    18:9*Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Pride and making fun."
    18:12*Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Worth preciously."
    18:13*A Chinese spice.
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Of incense."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Souls of human beings."
    18:14*Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And the desire of the fruit of self went [away] from you."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Their merchandising [or value] is not to be found." Or: no one will appreciate them anymore.
    18:15*Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Because of submission [to] her execution." Or: crushed by her defeat.
    18:17*Lit. Ar. id.: "Nautical governor."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Goer-to-a-place."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Nauticals."
    *Lit. Ar. id.: "Worker-with-water."
    18:18*The World Empire which will be in the process of forming as we commence the twenty-first century.
    18:19*Lit. Ar. id.: "Became."
    18:20*Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Rejoice over her: heaven and angels and apostles and prophets."
    *Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "For God shall judge your judgment from her."
    18:21*Lit. Ar. id.: "Actual force," or "effective force."
    18:23*Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "bridegroom and bride."

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