1After these things I saw another Malakh come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lighted by his glory. 2And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Bavel the great is fallen and has become a habitation of those possessed with demons, and the shelter of every foul spirit, and the shelter of every unclean and detestable bird, and the shelter of every unclean and loathsome wild beast. 3Because all nations have drunk of the wine of her wrath, and the kings of the earth have committed harlotry with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the power of her trade. 4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, O my people, so that you may not become partakers of her sins, and lest you be smitten by her plagues. 5For her sins have reached up to heaven, and Elohim has remembered her iniquities. 6Reward her even as she has rewarded you, and return to her a double portion according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix for her double. 7For as much as she has glorified herself and lived deliciously, give her so much torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.’ 8Therefore, her plagues shall come in one day, death and mourning and famine, and she shall be burned with fire; for mighty is יהוה Elohim who judges her. 9And the kings of the earth who committed harlotry and lived deliciously with her will weep and mourn and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. 10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, that great city Bavel, that mighty city! For in one hour you have been condemned.’ 11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more. 12Never again will there be cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones, and pearls and fine linen, and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of aromatic wood, and all manner of vessels of ivory, and all manner of vessels of most precious wood, and of brass and iron and marble, 13and cinnamon and perfumes and spices, and myrrh and frankincense, and wine, and oil and fine flour, and wheat, and cattle and sheep, and horses and chariots, and hides, and slaves. 14And the fruits which your soul lusted after are departed from you, and all things which were luxurious and goodly are lost to you, and you shall never find them any more at all. 15The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, and they shall weep and wail, 16saying, ‘Woe, woe, that great city, which was clothed with fine linen and purple and scarlet, inlaid with gold, and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour these great riches are destroyed.’ 17And every shipmaster and all the travelers in ships and sailors and all those who labor at sea stood afar off, 18and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like unto this great city!’ 19And they threw dust on their heads and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, ‘Woe, woe, that great city, where all who had ships on the sea were made rich by reason of her preciousness! For in one hour she is destroyed.’ 20Rejoice over her, O heaven, and K’doshim and Shlikhim, for Elohim has avenged you on her.”
21And a mighty Malakh took up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, “So shall that great city Bavel be overthrown with violence and shall be found no more at all. 22And the sound of harpers and musicians and singers and trumpeters shall not be heard in you again, and no craftsman of whatever craft he is shall be found any more in you; 23and the light of a lamp shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you; for your merchants were the great men of the earth; for by your sorceries were all peoples deceived. 24And in her was found the blood of Nevi’im and of K’doshim and of all who were slain upon the earth.”
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