Modern Literal Version
[Revelation 18]

     18:1 I saw after these things, another messenger coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated from his glory. 18:2 And he cried in a mighty voice, saying, Babylon the great has fallen and it has become a residence of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit and a prison of every unclean and having been hated bird. 18:3 Because out of the wine of the fury of her fornication all the nations have fallen, and the kings of the earth fornicated with her and the merchants of the earth were enriched from the power of her promiscuity.

     18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come forth, my people, out of her, in order that youĎ might not have fellowship together in her sins and in order that youĎ might not receive out of her wounds, 18:5 because her sins were joined to hereven up to heaven and God has remembered her wrongdoing. 18:6 RepayĎ to her as she has also given to youĎ and youĎ do this double to herС doubleĎagain according to her works; in the cup which she mingled, mingleĎ to her double again. 18:7In how-much she glorified herself and was promiscuous, giveĎ to her so-much more torment and mourning, because she says in her heart, I am sitting as a queen and I am no widow and may never* see mourning. 18:8 Because of this, in one day her wounds will comeС death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned in fire, because strong is the Lord God who judged her. 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who fornicated and were promiscuous with her, will weep and will grieve over her, whenever they look upon the smoke of her fire, 18:10 standing from afar because of their fear of her torment, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! Because in one hour your judgment has come. 18:11 And the merchants of the earth will weep and will mourn over her, because no one is buying their cargo anymore; 18:12 cargo of {F} gold, silver, precious stone, pearl, fine-linen, purple, silk, scarlet, every citron wood thing, every vessel of ivory, every vessel made out of the most precious wood and from brass, iron and marble; 18:13 and cinnamon, spice, incenses, perfume, frankincense, wine, oil, fine-flour, grain, sheep, other animals, and of horses and of chariots and of bodies and souls of men. 18:14 And the autumn-fruits of lust of your soul have gone away from you and all things which were luxurious and bright have perished from you and you may never* find them anymore. 18:15 The merchants of these things, who were enriched from her, will be standing from afar because of the fear of her torment, while weeping and mourning. 18:16 And they are saying, Woe, woe, the great city, she who has been dressed in fine-linen, and purple and scarlet and has been arrayed in gold, precious stone and pearls! 18:17 Because in an hour so-many riches was made desolate. And every helmsman and everyone who sails any place and sailors and as many as are working from the sea, stood from afar, 18:18 and were crying out, seeing the smoke of her fire, saying, What city is similar to the great city? 18:19 And they cast dirt upon their heads and were crying, weeping and mourning and saying, Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had their ships in the sea were enriched out of her costliness! Because in one hour she was made desolate. 18:20 Be joyous over her: heaven and the holy-ones and the apostles and the prophets, because God has judged yourĎ condemnation from her {Or: on her.}.

     18:21 And a strong messenger took up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, So Babylon, the great city, will be cast down, with a violent-impulse, and may never* be found anymore. 18:22 And the voice of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters may never* be heard in you anymore, and every craftsman of every craft may never* be found in you anymore, and the voice of a millstone may never* be heard in you anymore; 18:23 and the light of a lamp may never* appear in you anymore, and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride may never* be heard in you anymore. Your merchants were the great-men of the earth, because all the nations were misled in your sorcery. 18:24 And the bloods of prophets and of holy-ones and of all who have been slaughtered upon the earth was found in her. {Mat 23:30-31}

     {Footnotes: Rev 18:12,13, in the list of merchandise 'and' was removed between many of the words and replaced with a comma.}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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