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Babylon Is Destroyed

18 Then I saw another angel coming down from heaven. This angel had great power. The angel’s glory made the earth bright. The angel shouted in a powerful voice:

“The great city of Babylon is destroyed!
    She has become a home for demons.
She has become a city for every evil spirit,
    a city for every unclean and hated bird.
All the peoples of the earth have drunk
    the strong wine of her sexual immorality.
The kings of the earth have sinned sexually with her,
    and the businessmen of the world have grown rich from the great wealth of her luxury.”

Then I heard another voice from heaven say:

“Come out of that city, my people,
    so that you will not share in her sins.
    Then you will not receive the terrible things that will happen to her.
The city’s sins are piled up as high as the sky.
    God has not forgotten the wrongs she has done.
Give that city the same as she gave to others.
    Pay her back twice as much as she did.
Prepare wine for her that is twice as strong
    as the wine she prepared for others.
She gave herself much glory and rich living.
    Give her that much suffering and sadness.
She says to herself, ‘I am a queen sitting on my throne.
    I am not a widow; I will never be sad.’
So these terrible things will come to her in one day:
    death, crying, and great hunger.
She will be destroyed by fire,
    because the Lord God who judges her is powerful.”

The kings of the earth who sinned sexually with her and shared her wealth will see the smoke from her burning. Then they will cry and weep because of her death. 10 They will be afraid of her suffering and stand far away. They will say:

“Terrible! How terrible, great city,
    powerful city of Babylon!
Your punishment has come in one hour!”

11 And the businessmen of the earth will cry and weep for her. They will be sad because now there is no one to buy the things they sell. 12 They sell gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen cloth, purple cloth, silk, and red cloth. They sell all kinds of citron wood and all kinds of things made from ivory, expensive wood, bronze, iron, and marble. 13 They also sell cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, and olive oil; fine flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, and carriages. They sell the bodies and souls of men.

14 They will say,

“Babylon, the good things you wanted are gone from you.
All your rich and fancy things have disappeared.
    You will never have them again.”

15 The businessmen will be afraid of her suffering and stand far away from her. These are the men who became rich from selling those things to her. The men will cry and be sad. 16 They will say:

“Terrible! How terrible for the great city!
    She was dressed in fine linen, purple and red cloth.
    She was shining with gold, jewels, and pearls!
17 All these riches have been destroyed in one hour!”

Every sea captain, all those who travel on ships, the sailors, and all the people who earn money from the sea stood far away from Babylon. 18 They saw the smoke from her burning. They said loudly, “There was never a city like this great city!” 19 They threw dust on their heads and cried to show how sad they were. They said:

“Terrible! How terrible for the great city!
All the people who had ships on the sea
    became rich because of her wealth!
But she has been destroyed in one hour!
20 Be happy because of this, heaven!
    Be happy, God’s holy people and apostles and prophets!
God has punished her because of what she did to you.”

21 Then a powerful angel picked up a stone like a large stone for grinding grain. The angel threw the stone into the sea and said:

“That is how the great city of Babylon will be thrown down.
    The city will never be found again.
22 The music of people playing harps and other instruments, flutes and trumpets,
    will never be heard in you again.
No workman doing any job
    will ever be found in you again.
The sound of grinding grain
    will never be heard in you again.
23 The light of a lamp
    will never shine in you again.
The voices of a bridegroom and bride
    will never be heard in you again.
Your businessmen were the world’s great men.
    All the nations were tricked by your magic.
24 She is guilty of the death
    of the prophets and God’s holy people
    and of all who have been killed on earth.”

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