Revelation 17-19 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Judgment of the Great Harlot

17 1  And there came one of the seven messengers, who were having the seven vials, and he spake with me, saying to me, 'Come, I will shew to thee the judgment of the great whore, who is sitting upon the many waters, 2  with whom the kings of the earth did commit whoredom; and made drunk from the wine of her whoredom were those inhabiting the earth;' 3  and he carried me away to a wilderness in the Spirit, and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-coloured beast, full of names of evil-speaking, having seven heads and ten horns, 4  and the woman was arrayed with purple and scarlet-colour, and gilded with gold, and precious stone, and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and uncleanness of her whoredom, 5  and upon her forehead was a name written: 'Secret, Babylon the Great, the Mother of the Whores, and the Abominations of the earth.' 6  And I saw the woman drunken from the blood of the saints, and from the blood of the witnesses of Jesus, and I did wonder—having seen her—with great wonder;

7  and the messenger said to me, 'Wherefore didst thou wonder? I—I will tell thee the secret of the woman and of the beast that 'is' carrying her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns. 8  'The beast that thou didst see: it was, and it is not; and it is about to come up out of the abyss, and to go away to destruction, and wonder shall those dwelling upon the earth, whose names have not been written upon the scroll of the life from the foundation of the world, beholding the beast that was, and is not, although it is. 9  'Here 'is' the mind that is having wisdom; the seven heads are seven mountains, upon which the woman doth sit, 10  and there are seven kings, the five did fall, and the one is, the other did not yet come, and when he may come, it behoveth him to remain a little time; 11  and the beast that was, and is not, he also is eighth, and out of the seven he is, and to destruction he doth go away. 12  'And the ten horns that thou sawest, are ten kings, who a kingdom did not yet receive, but authority as kings the same hour do receive with the beast, 13  these have one mind, and their own power and authority to the beast they shall give over;

14  these with the Lamb shall make war, and the Lamb shall overcome them, because Lord of lords he is, and King of kings, and those with him are called, and choice, and stedfast.' 15  And he saith to me, 'The waters that thou didst see, where the whore doth sit, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues;' 16  and the ten horns that thou didst see upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her in fire, 17  for God did give into their hearts to do its mind, and to make one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast till the sayings of God may be complete, 18  and the woman that thou didst see is the great city that is having reign over the kings of the land.'

The Fall of Babylon

18 1  And after these things I saw another messenger coming down out of the heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lightened from his glory, 2  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, 3  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. 4  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, 5  because her sins did follow—unto the heaven, and God did remember her unrighteousness. 6  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 her double. 7  '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; 8  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;

9  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, 10  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. 11  'And the merchants of the earth shall weep and sorrow over her, because their lading no one doth buy any more; 12  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, 13  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. 14  '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. 15  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, 16  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! 17  'And every shipmaster, and all the company upon the ships, and sailors, and as many as work the sea, far off stood, 18  and were crying, seeing the smoke of her burning, saying, What 'city is' like to the great city? 19  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. 20  'Be glad over her, O heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets, because God did judge your judgment of her!' 21  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; 22  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; 23  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, 24  and in her blood of prophets and of saints was found, and of all those who have been slain on the earth.'

The Multitude in Heaven Praises God

19 1  And after these things I heard a great voice of a great multitude in the heaven, saying, 'Alleluia! the salvation, and the glory, and the honour, and the power, 'is' to the Lord our God; 2  because true and righteous 'are' His judgments, because He did judge the great whore who did corrupt the earth in her whoredom, and He did avenge the blood of His servants at her hand;' 3  and a second time they said, 'Alleluia;' and her smoke doth come up—to the ages of the ages! 4  And fall down did the elders—the twenty and four—and the four living creatures, and they did bow before God who is sitting upon the throne, saying, 'Amen, Alleluia.'

5  And a voice out of the throne did come forth, saying, 'Praise our God, all ye His servants, and those fearing Him, both the small and the great;' 6  and I heard as the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia! because reign did the Lord God—the Almighty! 7  may we rejoice and exult, and give the glory to Him, because come did the marriage of the Lamb, and his wife did make herself ready; 8  and there was given to her that she may be arrayed with fine linen, pure and shining, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.'

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

9  And he saith to me, 'Write: Happy 'are' they who to the supper of the marriage of the Lamb have been called;' and he saith to me, 'These 'are' the true words of God;' 10  and I fell before his feet, to bow before him, and he saith to me, 'See—not! fellow servant of thee am I, and of thy brethren, those having the testimony of Jesus; bow before God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of the prophecy.'

The Rider on the White Horse

11  And I saw the heaven having been opened, and lo, a white horse, and he who is sitting upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness doth he judge and war, 12  and his eyes 'are' as a flame of fire, and upon his head 'are' many diadems—having a name written that no one hath known, except himself, 13  and he is arrayed with a garment covered with blood, and his name is called, The Word of God. 14  And the armies in the heaven were following him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen—white and pure; 15  and out of his mouth doth proceed a sharp sword, that with it he may smite the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and he doth tread the press of the wine of the wrath and the anger of God the Almighty, 16  and he hath upon the garment and upon his thigh the name written, 'King of kings, and Lord of lords.' 17  And I saw one messenger standing in the sun, and he cried, a great voice, saying to all the birds that are flying in mid-heaven, 'Come and be gathered together to the supper of the great God, 18  that ye may eat flesh of kings, and flesh of chiefs of thousands, and flesh of strong men, and flesh of horses, and of those sitting on them, and the flesh of all—freemen and servants—both small and great.' 19  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, having been gathered together to make war with him who is sitting upon the horse, and with his army; 20  and the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who did the signs before him, in which he led astray those who did receive the mark of the beast, and those who did bow before his image; living they were cast—the two—to the lake of the fire, that is burning with brimstone; 21  and the rest were killed with the sword of him who is sitting on the horse, which 'sword' is proceeding out of his mouth, and all the birds were filled out of their flesh.

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