And after these things I saw another messenger coming down
out of the heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lightened from his
and he did cry in might -- a great voice, saying, 'Fall,
fall did Babylon the great, and she became a habitation of demons, and a hold
of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird,
because of the wine of the wrath of her whoredom have all
the nations drunk, and the kings of the earth with her did commit whoredom, and
merchants of the earth from the power of her revel were made rich.
And I heard another voice out of the heaven, saying, 'Come
forth out of her, My people, that ye may not partake with her sins, and that ye
may not receive of her plagues,
because her sins did follow -- unto the heaven, and God did
remember her unrighteousness.
Render to her as also she did render to you, and double to
her doubles according to her works; in the cup that she did mingle mingle to
'As much as she did glorify herself and did revel, so much
torment and sorrow give to her, because in her heart she saith, I sit a queen,
and a widow I am not, and sorrow I shall not see;
because of this, in one day, shall come her plagues, death,
and sorrow, and famine; and in fire she shall be utterly burned, because strong
is the Lord God who is judging her;
and weep over her, and smite themselves for her, shall the
kings of the earth, who with her did commit whoredom and did revel, when they
may see the smoke of her burning,
from afar having stood because of the fear of her torment,
saying, Wo, wo, the great city! Babylon, the strong city! because in one hour
did come thy judgment.
'And the merchants of the earth shall weep and sorrow over
her, because their lading no one doth buy any more;
lading of gold, and silver, and precious stone, and pearl,
and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyne wood, and
every vessel of ivory, and every vessel of most precious wood, and brass, and
iron, and marble,
and cinnamon, and odours, and ointment, and frankincense,
and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and cattle, and sheep, and of
horses, and of chariots, and of bodies and souls of men.
'And the fruits of the desire of thy soul did go away from
thee, and all things -- the dainty and the bright -- did go away from thee, and
no more at all mayest thou find them.
The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her,
far off shall stand because of the fear of her torment, weeping, and sorrowing,
and saying, Wo, wo, the great city, that was arrayed with
fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and gilded in gold, and precious stone,
and pearls -- because in one hour so much riches were made waste!
'And every shipmaster, and all the company upon the ships,
and sailors, and as many as work the sea, far off stood,
and were crying, seeing the smoke of her burning, saying,
What city is like to the great city?
and they did cast dust upon their heads, and were crying
out, weeping and sorrowing, saying, Wo, wo, the great city! in which were made
rich all having ships in the sea, out of her costliness -- for in one hour was
she made waste.
'Be glad over her, O heaven, and ye holy apostles and
prophets, because God did judge your judgment of her!'
And one strong messenger did take up a stone as a great
millstone, and did cast it to the sea, saying, 'Thus with violence shall
Babylon be cast, the great city, and may not be found any more at all;
and voice of harpers, and musicians, and pipers, and
trumpeters, may not be heard at all in thee any more; and any artizan of any
art may not be found at all in thee any more; and noise of a millstone may not
be heard at all in thee any more;
and light of a lamp may not shine at all in thee any more;
and voice of bridegroom and of bride may not be heard at all in thee any more;
because thy merchants were the great ones of the earth, because in thy sorcery
were all the nations led astray,
and in her blood of prophets and of saints was found, and of
all those who have been slain on the earth.'