Revelation 18:2

“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he cryed mightily with a strōg voyce, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of deuils, and the hold of euery foule spirit, and a cage of euery vncleane and hatefull bird:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he gave a loud cry, saying, Babylon the great has come down from her high place, she has come to destruction and has become a place of evil spirits, and of every unclean spirit, and a hole for every unclean and hated bird.
- Basic English Bible

And he cried with a strong voice, saying, Great Babylon has fallen, has fallen, and has become the habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hated bird;
- Darby Bible

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of demons, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
- Webster's Bible

and with a mighty voice he cried out, saying, "Great Babylon has fallen, has fallen, and has become a home for demons and a stronghold for every kind of foul spirit and for every kind of foul and hateful bird.
- Weymouth Bible

He cried with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and she has become a habitation of demons, a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird!
- World English Bible

`And he criede with strong vois, `and seide, Greet Babiloyn felde doun, felde doun, and is maad the habitacioun of deuelis, and the keping of ech vnclene spirit, and `the keping of ech vnclene foul, and hateful.
- Wycliffe Bible

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,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 18:2


18:2 And he cried, Babylon is fallen - This fall was mentioned before, #Rev 14:8|; but is now declared at large. And is become an habitation - A free abode. Of devils, and an hold - A prison. Of every unclean spirit - Perhaps confined there where they had once practised all uncleanness, till the judgment of the great day. How many horrid inhabitants hath desolate Babylon! of invisible beings, devils, and unclean spirits; of visible, every unclean beast, every filthy and hateful bird. Suppose, then, Babylon to mean heathen Rome; what have the Romanists gained, seeing from the time of that destruction, which they say is past, these are to be its only inhabitants for ever.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 18:2


Re 18:2 And he cried . . . Babylon the great is fallen. Compare this description with Isa 21:9 14:23 13:21. The fall of Babylon has been already declared, Re 16:19 17:16 but now it is developed. This picture is intended to portray her utter desolation.

Discussion for Revelation 18

  • Norm
    Do not be deceived by believing this is not America, specifically the Big Apple which is the financial and trade hub of the whole world to this day. More funds flow through NY based institutions than any other city. The securities and futures industries do not rely on the local goods or services. The Big Apple of deception is the only city that fits this prophecy. The US is the only nation that sits on many waters. Ask God for a heart of repentance, receive JESUS as your Savior and escape the hell that is soon to consume this land and then the whole world.
  • Ronald Conn
    Right now, our nation fits the best description for this horrific prophecy to come into play!!! He mentions it will be desolate in one hr, three times!!! Reminding us it will be swift!!! As the last days play out right in front of our eyes, like the Pharisees cud not see Jesus for who He really was, many will also be blinded by the fact of what God has told us in His mighty mighty word!!! Selah!!!
  • Wesley
    Babylon can not be the United States because we no longer have oil or fine jewels or even grow enough food to make any differences in our world.Babylon is the EAST where we get about all our resources. America will not be on the map in the last days. Better get your life right with CHRIST now
  • Word
    As far as I can see Americans will have problems but not much if you understand you have to wait for the true Christ. Russia and China might be a problem but if you trust God you'll be o.k.
  • Don Edwards
    America will first fail and then fall like Babylon. Let us pray for renewal and spiritual revival.
  • Netta
    I believe revelation 18 speaks about the great city of New York City and the 2 towers.It sounds like a God is angry that the city is filled with so much sin and greed lust and fornication. The more I read the more I know that God foreseen all of what's happening in the world and he will have the victory in the end when Jesus come down and cast all of Satan's followers too hell.

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