New International Version

Revelation 18

Lament Over Fallen Babylon

1After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’[a]
    She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
For all the nations have drunk
    the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
    and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

Warning to Escape Babylon’s Judgment

Then I heard another voice from heaven say:

“‘Come out of her, my people,’[b]
    so that you will not share in her sins,
    so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
for her sins are piled up to heaven,
    and God has remembered her crimes.
Give back to her as she has given;
    pay her back double for what she has done.
    Pour her a double portion from her own cup.
Give her as much torment and grief
    as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
In her heart she boasts,
    ‘I sit enthroned as queen.
I am not a widow;[c]
    I will never mourn.’
Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
    death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,
    for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour your doom has come!’

11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.

14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
    and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’

“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    where all who had ships on the sea
    became rich through her wealth!
In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’

20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!
    Rejoice, you people of God!
    Rejoice, apostles and prophets!
For God has judged her
    with the judgment she imposed on you.”

The Finality of Babylon’s Doom

21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

“With such violence
    the great city of Babylon will be thrown down,
    never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,
    will never be heard in you again.
No worker of any trade
    will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
    will never be heard in you again.
23 The light of a lamp
    will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
    will never be heard in you again.
Your merchants were the world’s important people.
    By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,
    of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 18:2 Isaiah 21:9
  2. Revelation 18:4 Jer. 51:45
  3. Revelation 18:7 See Isaiah 47:7,8.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

啟示錄 18

巴比倫的下場

1之後,我看見另一位執掌大權的天使從天降下,他的榮光照亮了大地。 他用強有力的聲音喊著說:

「巴比倫大城倒塌了!倒塌了!
她成了鬼魔的住處、
各樣污鬼的監獄和一切可憎的不潔鳥獸的牢籠!
因為列國都被她荒淫的烈酒灌醉了。
地上的君王曾經與她通姦,
地上的商人也因她窮奢極侈的生活而發了財。」

我聽見天上又有一個聲音說:

「我的子民啊,離開那城,
以免沾染她的罪惡,
受她所受的災禍。
因為她已經罪惡滔天,
上帝沒有忘記她一切的不義。
她怎樣待人,
你們也要怎樣待她,
要按她所做的加倍地報應她,
用她調酒的杯加倍地調給她喝。
她過去怎樣自炫自耀、
奢華荒淫,
現在也要讓她怎樣痛苦哀傷。
因為她心裡說,
『我貴為女王,不是寡婦,
絕不會經歷哀傷。』
所以在一天之內,
她的災禍,就是死亡、
哀傷和饑荒要同時臨到她身上。
她要被火燒盡,
因為審判她的主上帝能力偉大。

「那些曾與她通姦享樂的君王目睹焚燒她的煙,必為她哭泣哀號。 10 他們對她所受的災禍充滿恐懼,就遠遠地站著說,

『強大堅固的巴比倫城啊,
真悲慘!真悲慘!
因為審判頃刻間臨到你了。』

11 「地上的商人也為她哀傷,因為再也沒有人購買他們的貨物了。 12 他們的金、銀、寶石、珍珠、細麻布、紫布、絲綢、朱紅布、各樣香木、象牙器具,貴重木材、銅、鐵、大理石製品, 13 以及肉桂、荳蔻、香料、香膏、乳香、酒、油、細麵粉、小麥、牛、羊、馬、車、僕婢和人口都沒有人購買了。 14 他們呼喊,『巴比倫啊!你貪愛的美物已離你而去了,一切珍饈百味、奢侈華麗的東西都消失殆盡,無影無蹤。』

15 「靠販賣這些貨物給她而致富的商人對她所受的災禍充滿恐懼,就站在遠處為她哀傷哭號, 16 說,『身穿紫色和朱紅色的細麻布衣服,以黃金、寶石、珍珠為裝飾的大城啊,真悲慘!真悲慘! 17 因為頃刻間你這一切的繁華都化為烏有了。』所有船主、乘客、水手及靠海為生的人都遠遠地站著, 18 看見燒她的煙,就說,『有哪一座城能與她相比呢?』 19 他們又把塵土撒在頭上,哀傷哭泣,喊著說,

『這大城啊,真悲慘!真悲慘!
所有經營航運的都因她的奢華而發了財,
可是頃刻間她卻淪為廢墟了!』
20 上天啊,
眾聖徒、眾使徒和眾先知啊,
為她的下場歡樂吧!
因為上帝已經向她施行報應,
為你們伸冤了。」

21 這時,有一位大力天使舉起一塊像大磨石的石頭扔進海裡,說:

「巴比倫大城也必這樣被用力扔下去,
消失得無影無蹤。
22 在你那裡,
再也聽不見彈琴作樂、
鳴笛吹號的聲音了,
再也找不到能工巧匠了,
再也聽不到推磨的聲音了,
23 再也看不到閃耀的燈光了,
再也聽不見新婚夫婦的歡笑聲了。
因為你的商人曾經趾高氣揚,
你的邪術曾經迷惑萬國,
24 你的城牆內流滿了眾先知、
眾聖徒和地上一切被殺之人的血。」