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21 Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea,[a] saying:

“So shall Babylon, the great city,
    be thrown down with violence,
    never to be found again!
22 And the sound of harpists and musicians,
    flautists and trumpeters,
    shall never be heard in you again![b]
And the craftsman of any craft
    shall never be found in you again!
And the sound of a mill
    shall never be heard in you again!
23 And the light of a lamp
    shall never shine in you again!
And the voice of the bridegroom and bride
    shall never be heard in you again![c]
For your businessmen were the tycoons of the world,
    for all the nations were deceived by your sorcery![d]

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The Finality of Babylon’s Doom

21 Then a mighty angel(A) picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea,(B) and said:

“With such violence
    the great city(C) of Babylon will be thrown down,
    never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,
    will never be heard in you again.(D)
No worker of any trade
    will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
    will never be heard in you again.(E)
23 The light of a lamp
    will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
    will never be heard in you again.(F)
Your merchants were the world’s important people.(G)
    By your magic spell(H) all the nations were led astray.

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