Revelation 18:18
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New International Version
When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?'

New Living Translation
They will cry out as they watch the smoke ascend, and they will say, "Where is there another city as great as this?"

English Standard Version
and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning, “What city was like the great city?”

New American Standard Bible
and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like the great city?'

King James Bible
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
as they watched the smoke from her burning and kept crying out: "Who is like the great city?"

International Standard Version
When they saw the smoke rising from the fire that consumed her, they began to cry out, "What city was like that great city?"

NET Bible
and began to shout when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, "Who is like the great city?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they lamented her when they saw the smoke of her burning and they were saying, “Who is like The Great City?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they saw the smoke rise from her raging fire, they repeatedly cried out, 'Was there ever a city as important as this?'

Jubilee Bible 2000
and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city was like unto this great city!

King James 2000 Bible
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

American King James Version
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like to this great city!

American Standard Version
and cried out as they looked upon the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like the great city?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And cried, seeing the place of her burning, saying: What city is like to this great city?

Darby Bible Translation
and cried, seeing the smoke of her burning, saying, What [city] is like to the great city?

English Revised Version
and cried out as they looked upon the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like the great city?

Webster's Bible Translation
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like this great city!

Weymouth New Testament
stood afar off, and cried aloud when they saw the smoke of her burning. And they said, 'What city is like this great city?'

World English Bible
and cried out as they looked at the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What is like the great city?'

Young's Literal Translation
and were crying, seeing the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like to the great city?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:9-19 The mourners had shared Babylon's sensual pleasures, and gained by her wealth and trade. The kings of the earth, whom she flattered into idolatry, allowing them to be tyrannical over their subjects, while obedient to her; and the merchants, those who trafficked for her indulgences, pardons, and honours; these mourn. Babylon's friends partook her sinful pleasures and profits, but are not willing to share her plagues. The spirit of antichrist is a worldly spirit, and that sorrow is a mere worldly sorrow; they do not lament for the anger of God, but for the loss of outward comforts. The magnificence and riches of the ungodly will avail them nothing, but will render the vengeance harder to be borne. The spiritual merchandise is here alluded to, when not only slaves, but the souls of men, are mentioned as articles of commerce, to the destroying the souls of millions. Nor has this been peculiar to the Roman antichrist, and only her guilt. But let prosperous traders learn, with all their gains, to get the unsearchable riches of Christ; otherwise; even in this life, they may have to mourn that riches make to themselves wings and fly away, and that all the fruits their souls lusted after, are departed from them. Death, at any rate, will soon end their commerce, and all the riches of the ungodly will be exchanged, not only for the coffin and the worm, but for the fire that cannot be quenched.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying. The same description as in ver. 9 (which see). What city is like unto this great city! (cf. Ezekiel 27:32, "And lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning,.... See Gill on Revelation 18:9.

saying, what city is like unto this great city? as before for magnificence and grandeur, so now for sorrow, desolation, and ruin; nor was any city like it for power and authority, for pride and luxury, for idolatry and superstition, blasphemy and impenitence; the like the sailors say of Tyre, Ezekiel 27:30 from whence this and other expressions are borrowed in this lamentation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. when they saw—Greek, "horontes." But A, B, C, and Andreas read, Greek, "blepontes," "looking at." Greek, "blepo," is to use the eyes, to look: the act of seeing without thought of the object seen. Greek, "horao," refers to the thing seen or presented to the eyes [Tittmann].

smoke—so B, C. But A reads "place."

What city is like—Compare the similar beast as to the beast, Re 13:4: so closely do the harlot and beast approximate one another. Contrast the attribution of this praise to God, to whom alone it is due, by His servants (Ex 15:11). Martial says of Rome, "Nothing is equal to her;" and Athenæus, "She is the epitome of the world."

Revelation 18:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Lament over Babylon
17for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!' And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, 18and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like the great city?' 19"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!'
Cross References
Ezekiel 27:30
They will raise their voice and cry bitterly over you; they will sprinkle dust on their heads and roll in ashes.

Ezekiel 27:32
As they wail and mourn over you, they will take up a lament concerning you: "Who was ever silenced like Tyre, surrounded by the sea?"

Revelation 13:4
People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?"

Revelation 14:11
And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name."

Revelation 16:19
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 18:9
"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.

Revelation 18:10
Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: "'Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!'

Revelation 18:16
and cry out: "'Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
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And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like to this great city!

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Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived …

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Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and …

Isaiah 23:8,9 Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose …

Jeremiah 51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an …

Ezekiel 27:30-32 And shall cause their voice to be heard against you, and shall cry …

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