Revelation 16:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 16:19, NIV: The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.

Revelation 16:19, ESV: The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath.

Revelation 16:19, KJV: And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Revelation 16:19, NASB: The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath.

Revelation 16:19, NLT: The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon's sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath.

Revelation 16:19, CSB: The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God's presence; he gave her the cup filled with the wine of his fierce anger.

What does Revelation 16:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

We learn from this verse that the earthquake resulting from the seventh bowl judgment is felt globally. Cities worldwide collapse into rubble. Whether or not the re-arrangement of islands and mountains is global, this event is strong enough to create havoc in every part of the earth.

Jerusalem is likely the location here called "the great city," and it, too, experiences the magnitude of the earthquake. It split into three sections.

Babylon also falls under God's judgment. The city is said to drain the cup of the wine of the fury of God's wrath. The imagery is significant. Revelation 17:2 charges Babylon with the sin of making the residents of earth drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality. The great earthquake that levels cities across the globe may coincide with the dividing in two of the Mount of Olives when Jesus returns to earth (Zechariah 14:4–5). Further, Babylon may be the capital of the beast's empire. Throughout biblical history Babylon is cited as the center of idolatry. It seems the city on the Euphrates River will be rebuilt in the tribulation and will incorporate demonic religions.