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She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,q
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.r
the maddening wine of her adulteries.s
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,t
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
so that you will not share in her sins,
so that you will not receive any of her plagues;x
5 for her sins are piled up to heaven,y
and God has rememberedz her crimes.
Pour her a double portion from her own cup.c
as the glory and luxury she gave herself.d
In her heart she boasts,
‘I sit enthroned as queen.
I am not a widow;c
I will never mourn.’e
8 Therefore in one dayf her plagues will overtake her:
death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,g
for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with herh and shared her luxuryi see the smoke of her burning,j they will weep and mourn over her.k 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far offl and cry:
“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,m
you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hourn your doom has come!’
11 “The merchantso of the earth will weep and mournp over her because no one buys their cargoes anymoreq—12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;r 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.s
14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from hert will stand far off,u terrified at her torment. They will weep and mournv 16 and cry out:
“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,w
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!x
“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,a will stand far off.b 18 When they see the smoke of her burning,c they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great cityd?’e 19 They will throw dust on their heads,f and with weeping and mourningg cry out:
“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,h
where all who had ships on the sea
became rich through her wealth!
In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’i
20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!j
Rejoice, you people of God!
Rejoice, apostles and prophets!
For God has judged her
with the judgment she imposed on you.”k
“With such violence
the great cityn of Babylon will be thrown down,
never to be found again.
will never be heard in you again.o
No worker of any trade
will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
will never be heard in you again.p
will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
will never be heard in you again.q
Your merchants were the world’s important people.r
By your magic spells all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,t
of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”u
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