Revelation 18:19

“And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping, and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great citie, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea, by reason of her costlinesse, for in one houre is she made desolate.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, wherein all that had their ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they put dust on their heads, and were sad, weeping and crying, and saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, in which was increased the wealth of all who had their ships on the sea because of her great stores! for in one hour she is made waste.
- Basic English Bible

and cast dust upon their heads, and cried, weeping and grieving, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, in which all that had ships in the sea were enriched through her costliness! for in one hour she has been made desolate.
- Darby Bible

And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, in which were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her opulence! for in one hour is she made desolate.
- Webster's Bible

And they threw dust upon their heads, and cried out, weeping aloud and sorrowing. `Alas, alas,' they said, `for this great city, in which, through her vast wealth, the owners of all the ships on the sea have grown rich; because in one short hour she has been laid waste!'
- Weymouth Bible

They cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had their ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her great wealth!' For in one hour is she made desolate.
- World English Bible

And thei casten poudre on her heedis, and crieden, wepynge, and mornynge, and seiynge, Wo! wo! thilke greet citee, in which alle that han schippis in the see ben maad riche of pricis of it; for in oon our it is desolat.
- Wycliffe Bible

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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 18:19


18:19 And they cast dust on their heads - As mourners. Most of the expressions here used in describing the downfall of Babylon are taken from Ezekiel's description of the downfall of Tyre, #Ezek 26:1 |- Eze 28:19.


Discussion for Revelation 18

  • Obbie Beal
    9-19 'the great city' or 'babylon the great' received her plagues that day, and the moring after there is death, and mourning, and famine as she she is be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. All Kings of the earth, merchants, captians of ships, cry, cry, cry, over her/ their partner in sin/ crime because their relationship is forever-over /finished with her. WOW!
  • Obbie Beal
    18 above... she earned the title 'Babylon the Great'; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived; She seduced all kings... now she shall receive her reward for her actions... Lots of blood is on her hand, now she must pay for her actions... The 'love' of / for money is the root to all evil; Ships sailed from afar to do buisness with her... She controled World-Wide buying and selling in 18.
  • Chaplain Bob Walker

    Jesus - Matthew 23:37 - O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. Jerusalem KILLED the PROPHETS


  • Curt
    Babylon San Francisco. The city will be destroyed by an earthquake. California's electricity will be knocked out. The United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO) was a convention of delegates from 50 Allied nations that took place from 25 April 1945 to 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, United States.
  • A disciple
    The image of the dragon and the whore sitting on his back is much older than the Church of Rome; and is more deeply entrenched in the hearts and minds of the men of the world than merely the Catholic Church. It goes back to about 100 years after the flood, when Nimrod began to be mighty in the earth, and the turning away of the hearts and minds of men against God and against His Anointed. Psalm 2
  • Elijah St Jechisurs
    This chapter deals with organized religion the Catholic church is the topic of the discussion between John and the angel Gabriel

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