Bible: Rev 17-18

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then 1  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 2 Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 3  of the great prostitute who sits on many waters, 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality and the earth’s inhabitants got drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 4  17:3 So 5  he carried me away in the Spirit 6  to a wilderness, 7  and there 8  I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 Now 9  the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 10  and adorned with gold, 11  precious stones, and pearls. She held 12  in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 13  17:5 On 14  her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 15  “Babylon the Great, the Mother of prostitutes and of the detestable things of the earth.” 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of those who testified to Jesus. 16  I 17  was greatly astounded 18  when I saw her. 17:7 But 19  the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 20  for you the mystery of the woman and of the beast with the seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 17:8 The beast you saw was, and is not, but is about to come up from the abyss 21  and then go to destruction. The 22  inhabitants of the earth – all those whose names have not been written in the book of life since the foundation of the world – will be astounded when they see that 23  the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 24  a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 25  the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 26  and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 27  beast that was, and is not, is himself an eighth king and yet is one of the seven, and is going to destruction. 17:12 The 28  ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 29  as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 30  have a single intent, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 17:14 They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying 31  the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17:15 Then 32  the angel 33  said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 34  nations, and languages. 17:16 The 35  ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 36  will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 37  17:17 For God has put into their minds 38  to carry out his purpose 39  by making 40  a decision 41  to give their royal power 42  to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 43  17:18 As for 44  the woman you saw, she is the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”

Babylon is Destroyed

18:1 After these things I saw another angel, who possessed great authority, coming down out of heaven, and the earth was lit up by his radiance. 45  18:2 He 46  shouted with a powerful voice:

“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!

She 47  has become a lair for demons,

a haunt 48  for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 49 

18:3 For all the nations 50  have fallen 51  from

the wine of her immoral passion, 52 

and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her,

and the merchants of the earth have gotten rich from the power of her sensual behavior.” 53 

18:4 Then 54  I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, so you will not take part in her sins and so you will not receive her plagues, 18:5 because her sins have piled 55  up all the way to heaven 56  and God has remembered 57  her crimes. 58  18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 59  pay her back double 60  corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 61  she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 62  to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 63 I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 64  in a single day: disease, 65  mourning, 66  and famine, and she will be burned down 67  with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!

18:9 Then 68  the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 69  with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 70  18:10 They will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment, and will say,

Woe, woe, O great city,

Babylon the powerful city!

For in a single hour your doom 71  has come!

18:11 Then 72  the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 73  any longer 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 74  precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 75  scarlet cloth, 76  all sorts of things made of citron wood, 77  all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 78  incense, perfumed ointment, 79  frankincense, 80  wine, olive oil and costly flour, 81  wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 82  slaves and human lives. 83 

18:14 (The ripe fruit 84  you greatly desired 85 

has gone from you,

and all your luxury 86  and splendor 87 

have gone from you

they will never ever be found again!) 88 

18:15 The merchants who sold 89  these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep 90  and mourn, 18:16 saying,

Woe, woe, O great city

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 91 

and adorned with gold, 92  precious stones, and pearls

18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 93 

And every ship’s captain, 94  and all who sail along the coast 95 seamen, and all who 96  make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 97  when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 98 Who is like the great city? 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 99 

“Woe, Woe, O great city

in which all those who had ships on the sea got rich from her wealth

because in a single hour she has been destroyed! 100 

18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,

and you saints and apostles and prophets,

for God has pronounced judgment 101  against her on your behalf!) 102 

18:21 Then 103  one powerful angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone, threw it into the sea, and said,

With this kind of sudden violent force 104 

Babylon the great city will be thrown down 105 

and it will never be found again!

18:22 And the sound of the harpists, musicians,

flute players, and trumpeters

will never be heard in you 106  again.

No 107  craftsman 108  who practices any trade

will ever be found in you again;

the noise of a mill 109  will never be heard in you again.

18:23 Even the light from a lamp

will never shine in you again!

The voices of the bridegroom and his bride

will never be heard in you again.

For your merchants were the tycoons of the world,

because all the nations 110  were deceived by your magic spells! 111 

18:24 The 112  blood of the saints and prophets was found in her, 113 

along with the blood 114  of all those who had been killed on the earth.”

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