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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Revelation Chapter 18 in the KJV and AWPR (re-post, with added music videos)

The following Alternate Word Pictures With Reiterations Translation is my personal work-product.  It is done to help those who want the rich fullness of the Koine Greek Text that the New Testament was in to transcend also into the English language for the English reader.  -  Brianroy 

King James Version in Aqua Blue

Alternate Word Pictures with reiterations in Yellow

Commentary in Green

Revelation 18

 1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.      (KJV)

          (1)   And after - in the midst of     these things,
                 behold, look and see:   I saw 
                 another Angel of the same kind
                 going down coming down - descending down 
                 out of Heaven,
                 having - holding - possessing     great - large
                 authority - power - permission  (to do or not do);
                 and the Earth was illuminated - lit up - shined upon
                 out from the glory - splendor - dazzling light - radiance 
                 of him.

 2And 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.      (KJV)

          (2)   And he hoarsely cried out in a
                  mighty - potent - strong / powerfully   
                  great-large voice,
                  laying down definite words, saying / speaking:
                       'Fell (from the heights) - Fell down into ruins,                  
                        Fell (from the heights) - Fell down into ruins, 
                        Babylon the great,
                        and came into being (as) - has become
                        an inhabitance - a place of 
                        willful residency / occupation - 
                        a dwelling place  
                        of demons,

                        and a haunt for watching - a watched (over) place / 
                        keep / prison
                        of every unclean - unfit - polluted spirit,

                        and a haunt for watching - a watched (over) place /
                        keep / prison
                        of every unclean - unfit - polluted bird,
                        [they which are]  also  [they which are]  
                        being detested - abhorred - hated - 
                        persecuted with ill words and conduct;    

 3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.        (KJV)

          (3)         because out from the  (intoxicating) wine  of the
                        outburst of anger - wrath - indignation - fury and
                        violence of the mind
                        of the sexual intercourse 
                        outside the marriage spouse relationship - fornication 
                        of her
                        have drunk all the nations - ethnicities;
                        and the kings of the Earth
                        in the the midst of / amongst / with 
                        her have committed sexual intercourse outside the 
                        marriage spouse relationship -  fornication,   
                        and the [rich] merchants / travelers in the way
                        [ dealers of Commerce on a large scale] 

                        out from the
                        power of strong achievement - achieving power / 
                        ability / capability 
                        of the severe sensuality / luxury
                        [which also brings about arrogance, insolence,
                         shamelessness to vice and immorality]

                        became materially and financially rich
                        [became as plutocrats - a wealthy ruling class 
                          governing in and over society,
                          while also worshiping wealth / Mamon]

 4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.      (KJV)

          (4)   And I heard attentively 
                  another voice of the same kind out from Heaven,
                  speaking / saying,
                       'Come forth out of her, 
                  the People of Me,
                        in order that you may not 
                        partake / participate with  - share  
                        in the sins / acts of errors - lies - unbelief - aberrations,
                        and in order that you 
                        may not take up - receive - partake of - obtain

                        [whether voluntarily or involuntarily]

                        out from the strokes - blows - plagues / calamities of her;

[Compare with the Rapture Scriptures of Psalm 50:1-6, Isiah 26:20.] 

 5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.      (KJV)

          (5)      because the  sins / acts of errors - lies - 
                     unbelief - aberrations
                     attended together - followed together - joined 
                     together in the Way
                     continually until   [they reached]  up to Heaven,
                     and GOD 
                     remembered / brought to mind / mindfully recalled
                     her injustices - wrongs - criminal acts - unrighteous 
                     unlawful behaviors
                     resulting in injuries - frauds and deceits of her.*   

 6Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.       (KJV)

          (6)      (As if by obligation) 
                      Return - Repay - Recompense - Give
                     to her in what manner or way also
                     she (as if by obligation) 
                     returned - repaid - recompensed - gave to you,
                     and double to her,
                     down upon / according to the 
                     works - labors - performances -deeds
                     of her in the drinking cup / vessel that / which 
                     she mixed - mingled - blended.

                     Mix - mingle - blend to her double.      (AWPR)

 7How 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.      (KJV)

          (7)      As much as / (By) how much / So much as
                     she ascribed / bestowed honor
                     and praise upon - glorified
                     herself and lived luxuriously  - luxuriated in 
                     severe sensuality / luxury

                     [which also brings about arrogance, insolence,
                      shamelessness to vice and immorality]
                     so great / so many / so numerously / so much
                     give - bestow upon - render - pay to her
                     (verbal and physical) examining / inquisitional torture
                     by (fire and) smoke - smoking torments and
                     weeping sadness - mournful lamentations - suffering grief;

                     because in the heart                
                     [the inner mind and feelings comprised of: the will, rationale, 
                      passionate desires, impulses, inclinations, and disposition to
                      behave or do one way or another]
                      of her  she utters definite words, saying,
                              'I sit down a Queen,
                               and (as) a widow 
                                I certainly am not;
                               [alternately in Classical Greek,
                                 'I sit as a Queen and now sit as one
                                 who has certainly never married'
                                  or words and intent to this effect],
                              and  weeping sadness - mournful 
                              lamentations - suffering grief
                              I certainly not, may not, 
                              look (upon) - see - behold.'

 8Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.     (KJV)

        (8)       Through this, 
                     in one day / in one certain and set day or time
                     shall come / shall be here     the strokes - blows - 
                     plagues / calamities
                     of her death and weeping sadness - 
                     mournful lamentations - suffering grief
                     and famine - starvation, 
                     [including that deprivation of food due to pestilence]

                      and in fire - fiery flame / burning fire
                      she will be burned up / consumed with burning flames
                      because mighty - potent - strong - able - powerful
                      (is the) LORD GOD,  the (one) separating -
                      distinguishing good from evil - (judicially) judging her.

 9And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,      (KJV)

          (9)        And will weep tears - noisily grieve for her,
                       and will wail while striking / beating themselves 
                       over her,
                       the kings of the earth:
                       those with - in the midst of - amongst her   
                       having fornicated - having had sexual intercourse 
                       outside the marriage spouse relationship
                       and having lived luxuriously  - luxuriated in 
                       severe sensuality / luxury
                       whensoever - so often as
                       they see with the eyes to observe - look upon
                       [while also considering and directing 
                         the thoughts of the mind upon, while beholding - 
                         perceive what they are (actually) looking at]

                         the smoke of the burning / conflagration - 
                        fiery consumption of her

 10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.       (KJV)

          (10)       From afar / a long way (off)
                        through the great terror / fear with 
                        astonishment - amazement
                        of the  (verbal and physical) 
                        examining / inquisitional torture
                        by (fire and) smoke - smoking torments  of her,
                        saying / speaking,

                             'Woe - alas - calamity - disaster!
                              Woe - alas - calamity - disaster to the City,  
                               the mighty - potent - strong - able - powerful City,
                               Babylon the Great!   
                               Because in one hour - day -(short period of) time
                               came forth (so as to make a public appearance)
                               the Krisis - Time to Lawfully Judge 
                              and Render Verdict
                                      [usually of punishment]                              
                               of you.'           (AWPR)

 11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:     (KJV)

          (11)     And the merchants - travelers in the (broad) Way
                      [dealers of Commerce on a large scale]
                      of the Earth  weep with tears - noisily grieve
                      and [as with lamenting over a death]
                      weep sadly - mournfully lament - 
                      (outwardly) grieve painfully
                      over her,
                      because the full cargo / full (transport of) Merchandise
                      [that brought by sea]
                      of them
                      certainly no one buys / purchases for a price,
                      certainly not still / yet (anymore)                (AWPR)      

 12The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,      (KJV)

          (12)  a full cargo / a  full (transport of) Merchandise
                   [that brought by sea]
                   of gold,
                   and of shining bright- glistening silver,
                   and of desired - esteemed - valued - precious stone,
                   and of pearls,
                   and of fine linen / fine cotton,
                   and of purple      [includes reddish-purple],
                   and of silk,
                   and of crimson red / scarlet,
                   and all (manner of) thyine wood / wood aromas - incenses,
                   and every elephant / ivory vessel - instrument - utensil,
                   and every / all vessel - instrument - utensil out from wood
                   esteemed - highly valued - honored / respected - precious,
                   and of copper / brass,
                   and of iron,
                   and of glazed stone / marble,                   (AWPR)                       

 13And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.     (KJV)

          (13)               and cinnamon,
                                and (religious) incenses,
                                and oil based ointment,  
                                [includes those perfumed and expensive]
                                and frankincense,
                                and (intoxicating) wine,
                                and olive oil,
                                and fine flour,
                                and wheat / grain,
                                and animal possessions
                                [be they for meat, as beasts of burden, and even as pets],
                                 and those that walk before / ahead - sheep,
                                 and horses,
                                 and chariots,
                                 and bodies 
                                 [those slaves or of the masses used for exhibition and / or
                                   works of labor],
                                 and souls
                                 [the (lower) soul from which springs the sensual desires -
                                   appetites - passions - basest forms of behaviors]              
                                 of men. 

 14And 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.       (KJV)

          (14)                And the time of juice - season of juice
                                 [seasonal fruit of the late summer or early fall]

                                 of the lust - craving - desire  of the soul
                                [the (lower) soul from which springs the 
                                  sensual desires - appetites - passions -
                                  basest forms of behaviors]  

                                 of you withdrew - departed - went away from you,
                                 and all the greasy / fat things,
                                 and all the white - dazzling bright - radiant things
                                 withdrew - departed - went away from you,
                                 yet not / still not (by search) you will find them.   

15The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,       (KJV)

          (15)          The merchants - travelers in the (broad) Way
                            [dealers of Commerce on a large scale]

                            of these,
                            those being made rich - enriched
                            [to the point of being plutocrats] 
                            from her,
                            from afar / from a long way (off) will stand fast
                           (and endure standing)
                           through the great terror / fear with
                           astonishment - amazement
                           of the  (verbal and physical)
                           examining / inquisitional torture
                           by (fire and) smoke - smoking torments  of her,
                           weeping with tears - noisily grieving and
                           [as with lamenting over a death]
                           weeping  sadly - mournfully lamenting - 
                          (outwardly) grieving painfully

 16And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!      (KJV)

          (16)       And saying / speaking,
                            'Woe - Alas - Calamity - Disaster! 
                             Woe - Alas - Calamity - Disaster!
                             The City, the Great,
                             having been cast round about - having been clothed
                             in fine linen / cotton, and purple   
                             [includes reddish-purple]

                             and crimson red / scarlet,
                             and having been 
                             adorned - overlaid - gilded with gold
                             and a precious - esteemed - respected - 
                             honored - highly valued
                             stone and pearls.         (AWPR)

 17For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,     (KJV)

          (17)            Because in one hour - day - (short) period of time
                             was to be made desolated - laid to waste
                             so great - so much    wealth - riches - 
                             material goods - abundance!

                             And every captain - pilot - governor of a ship,
                             and all upon the ships - vessels,
                             the crowded together (ones),
                             and sailors / seamen,
                             and how much as - how many as  the enclosed sea
                             labor - perform - exert (themselves)
                             from afar (off), stood fast,               (AWPR)

 18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!     (KJV)

          (18)            And hoarsely cried out,
                             seeing - perceiving - observing with
                             the smoke of the burning / conflagration - 
                             fiery consumption                        of her,
                             laying down the definite words  - saying/speaking,
                                  'What / Who (is) one and the same as - just like
                                   the Great City?'                 

 19And 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.       (KJV)

          (19)           And they cast - threw (pouring) dust 
                            upon the heads of them,
                            and cried out hoarsely,
                            weeping with tears - noisily grieving,
                            and  [as lamenting over a death]
                            weeping sadly - mournfully lamenting - 
                           (outwardly) grieving painfully,
                            laying down definite words  - saying/speaking,

                            'Woe - Alas - Calamity - Disaster!  
                             Woe - Alas - Calamity - Disaster
                              to the Great City in which were rich - enriched
                              all those having - holding - possessing ships -vessels
                              in the enclosed sea
                              out from the honored preciousness - esteemed 
                              costliness of her,
                              because in  one hour - day - (short) period of time 
                              was she
                              desolated - laid waste - despoiled - ruined.'       

 20Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.       (KJV)

          (20)     'Rejoice - Be well / cheerful / glad / merry / 
                       joyful in mind
                       over her,
                       Heaven and the holy - set apart - consecrated 
                       Apostles and the Prophets;

                       because GOD judged, separating good from evil
                       and rendering verdict, a decision of sentence 
                       of you out of / out from her.'                  (AWPR)

 21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.      (KJV)

          (21)  And one Angel 
                   took up and lifted / took up and carried away
                   a strong - mighty - great - powerful stone,
                   as that of a great millstone,
                   and cast it - threw it into the enclosed Sea,
                   laying down definite words, saying / speaking:
                        'Thus - in this moment
                         in a violent [raging / murderous] 
                         rushing impulse
                         will be cast down / thrown down Babylon,
                         the Great City;
                         and certainly not at all may / will it be found
                         (either by search or inquiry) yet / still.'     

 22And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;     (KJV)

          (22)        'And (the) sound / voice / noise of
                         harpers / players of stringed instruments,
                         and of those devoted to muses / music / skilled musicians,
                         and players of pipes [shining forth]
                         certainly not at all may be
                         attentively heard / listened to in You
                         yet/still (any longer),
                         and every artisan - craftsman - tradesman - designer 
                         of skill
                        (who is able)  to bring forth / build and establish 
                        (of his trade and craft)
                        of every craft - trade - art - design 
                        certainly not may be found
                        (whether by search or inquiry)  in you 
                        yet / still (any longer);

                        and the sound / noise of the    mill / grinding-place
                        certainly not may be attentively heard / listened to
                        in you yet / still (any longer);       

 23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.      (KJV)

          (23)       And (the) shining light of a lantern - portable lamp
                        certainly not may shine - give light - illuminate 
                        in you yet/ still   (any longer);
                         because the merchants - travelers 
                         in the (broad) way of you
                         were the great ones of the Earth,
                         because in the drugs
                   were mislead - caused to wander - 
                   deceived / seduced into rebellion
                   all the ethnicities - nations;    

 24And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.       (KJV)

          (24)       And in her (the) blood of the prophets 
                         and holy - consecrated - set apart - saints 
                         were found
                         (by search or by inquiry),
                         and of all the
                         'having been slain - slaughtered - sacrificed - killed'
                         upon the Earth.'             (AWPR) 

 Disclaimer:  The Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) translation should be used as a Bible Study Aid only, and it is recommended that a direct literal translation or the King James Bible be used for regular and ecclesiastical purposes, and that the AWPR be used in association only as a Bible study aid so as to help the reader / user in their Bible Studying to clarify context and Scriptural Intent.     Thanks.  -- Brianroy 

 Commentary  - Revelation 18

*  - verse 5     Of frauds - deceits...this last part of translating adikemata (i.e., adikema) in its expanded and word picture translation  will also include
 frauds and deceits involving the evil use 
- the evil making 
- the evil obtaining of money or wealth.  

 Let us learn from these Scriptures that without Jesus and without His presence in our lives, we become as the lost souls described in Revelation.   

Jesus saith unto him,
I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me 
 (JOHN 14:6, KJV)

 Jesus said,
“Enter you in the Strait Gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the Way that leads to destruction,
and many are they who go in thereat:
because the gate which leads to LIFE is Strait, and the Way is narrow,
and there are few who find it.”
(Matthew 7:13-14) KJV

The word that Jesus uses for “broad”, in Matthew 7:13, is “euruchoros” (ευρυχωρος) in the Greek. This word conveys the picture of a wide and vastly open countryside. Imagine yourself on a flat plain of a wilderness, and that your 360 degree field of vision is literally nothing but hundreds of miles of barren wasteland. Furthermore, the only reason you don’t see more barren land is because it slopes out of view upon the horizons on all sides of you. This is “the Broad Way” of euruchoros, where you can choose any which and every way, what ever is right in your own eyes, and still be assured of your own demise and destruction.

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