Revelation 18:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 18:14, NIV: They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.'

Revelation 18:14, ESV: “The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again!”

Revelation 18:14, KJV: And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

Revelation 18:14, NASB: The fruit you long for has left you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and people will no longer find them.

Revelation 18:14, NLT: 'The fancy things you loved so much are gone,' they cry. 'All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.'

Revelation 18:14, CSB: The fruit you craved has left you. All your splendid and glamorous things are gone; they will never find them again.

What does Revelation 18:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Babylon had harvested wealth and a lavish lifestyle. Everything the residents of Babylon passionately desired was at their fingertips. But they made a huge mistake. They thought things could satisfy the longing of their souls. Only God can satisfy the soul.

Jesus told a pointed story about a rich farmer who made the same mistake. The farmer enjoyed a bumper crop, so he decided to replace his barns with larger ones, where he would stow his grain and goods. Feeling smug, he spoke to his soul. "Soul," he said, "you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry." But then God spoke to him. He called the rich farmer a fool and declared that his soul was required of him that very night (Luke 12:16–20). Jesus concluded the story by stating, "So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God" (Luke 12:21).

It is not wrong to have things, but it is wrong for things to have us. Like the rich but foolish farmer, the people of end-times Babylon will find out too late that wealth and goods cannot satisfy the soul (James 4:13–16). Addressing Babylon, Revelation 18:14 declares, "All your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again!"