The Word of God: Revelation 18:1-8 – November 11, 2019

1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendor. 2 He called out with a mighty voice, 
     “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! 
          It has become a dwelling place of demons, 
     a haunt of every foul spirit 
          a haunt of every foul bird, 
          a haunt of every foul and hateful beast. 
3   For all the nations have drunk 
          of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, 
     and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, 
          and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxury.”

4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, 
     “Come out of her, my people, 
          so that you do not take part in her sins, 
     and so that you do not share in her plagues; 
5   for her sins are heaped high as heaven, 
          and God has remembered her iniquities. 
6   Render to her as she herself has rendered, 
          and repay her double for her deeds; 
          mix a double draught for her in the cup she mixed. 
7   As she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, 
          so give her a like measure of torment and grief. 
     Since in her heart she says, 
          ‘I rule as a queen; 
     I am no widow, 
          and I will never see grief,’ 
8   therefore her plagues will come in a single day — 
          pestilence and mourning and famine — 
     and she will be burned with fire; 
          for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.”

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