1 After that I saw another angel descend from heaven, great in might; his radiance lit up the earth, 2 and he shouted aloud with a strong voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, now she is a haunt of demons, the den of all foul spirits, a cage for every foul and loathsome bird: 3 for all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her vice, the kings of the earth have committed vice with her, and by the wealth of her wantonness earth's traders have grown rich."
4 And I heard another voice from heaven crying, "Come out of her, O my people, that you share not her sins, that you partake not of her plagues: 5 for high as heaven her sins are heaped, and God calls her misdeeds to the reckoning. 6 Render to her what she rendered to others, aye, double the doom for all she has done; mix her the draught double in the cup she mixed for others. 7 As she gloried and played the wanton, so give her like measure of torture and tears. Since in her heart she vaunts, 'A queen I sit, no widow I, tears I shall never know,' 8 so shall her plagues fall in a single day, pestilence, tears, and famine: she shall be burnt with fire ??for strong is God the Lord her judge.
9 And the kings at the earth who committed vice and wantoned with her shall weep and wail over her, as they watch the smoke of her burning; 10 for fear of her torture they will stand far off, crying, 'Woe and alas, thou great city! thou strong city of Babylon! In one brief hour thy doom has come.'
11 And the traders of earth shall weep and wail over her; for now there is none to buy their freights, 12 freights of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purples, silk, scarlet stuff, all sorts of citron wood and ivory wares, all articles of costly wood, of bronze, of iron and of marble, 13 with cinnamon, balsam, spices, myrrh, frankincense, wines, olive-oil, fine flour and wheat, with cattle, sheep, horses, carriages, slaves, and the souls of men.
15 The traders in these wares, who made rich profits from her, will stand far off for fear of her torture, weeping and wailing: 16 'Woe and alas, for the great city, robed in linen, in purple and scarlet, her ornaments of gold, of jewels and pearl! 17 And all this splendour gone in one brief hour!' And all shipmasters and sea-faring folk, sailors and all whose business lies upon the sea, stood far off 18 as they watched the smoke of her burning, crying, 'What city was like the great City?' 19 They threw dust on their heads and cried, as they wept and wailed, 'Woe and alas for the great City, where all shipmen made rich profit by her treasures! Gone, gone in one brief hour!' 20 O heaven, rejoice over her! Saints, apostles, prophets, rejoice! For God has avenged you on her now."
21 Then a strong angel lifted a boulder like a huge millstone and flung it into the sea, crying, "So shall the great city, Babylon, be hurled down, hurtling, and never be seen any more: 22 & 23] Vanished the ripe fruit of thy soul's desire! Perished thy luxury and splendour! Never again to be seen. 22 and the sound of harpists and minstrels and fluteplayers and trumpeters shall never be heard in thee more: and craftsmen of any craft shall never be found in thee more: and the sound of the millstone shall never be heard in thee more: and the light of a lamp shall never be seen in thee more: and the voice of the bridegroom and bride shall never be heard in thee more. 23 For the magnates of earth were thy traders; all nations were seduced by thy magic spells. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, of all who were slain upon earth."