Revelation 18:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 18:7, NIV: Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, 'I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.'

Revelation 18:7, ESV: As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’

Revelation 18:7, KJV: How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Revelation 18:7, NASB: To the extent that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, to the same extent give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’

Revelation 18:7, NLT: She glorified herself and lived in luxury, so match it now with torment and sorrow. She boasted in her heart, 'I am queen on my throne. I am no helpless widow, and I have no reason to mourn.'

Revelation 18:7, CSB: As much as she glorified herself and indulged her sensual and excessive ways, give her that much torment and grief. For she says in her heart, "I sit as a queen; I am not a widow, and I will never see grief."

What does Revelation 18:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This passage refers to "Babylon," which seems to be a specific political and economic system. In chapter 17, "Babylon" was used in reference to a corrupt spiritual approach. Here, it's a city, perhaps standing in symbolically for an entire empire. The voice from heaven, heard by John, recalled how Babylon had glorified herself. Like the builders of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11), Babylon had attempted to make a name for herself. The beast wanted his empire to be the admiration and wonder of the whole world. Because Babylon had an exalted opinion of herself, she lavished luxuries on herself.

Today, those who feel they are the center of the universe and deserve everything they can lavish on themselves fail to heed Jesus' warning that no one can serve God and money (Matthew 6:24). A life full of things but devoid of God is an empty life that is headed for an eternity full of suffering and remorse. Babylon, as a culture, is smug and complacent. She considers herself a queen who will never cease to be prosperous nor be deserted. However, she deceives herself and demonstrates the truth that "pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).