1 Listen to this funeral song I am ready to sing about you, family of Israel: 2 “The virgin Israel has fallen down and will not get up again. She is abandoned on her own land with no one to help her get up.” 3 The Sovereign Lord says this:“The city that marches out with a thousand soldiers will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out with a hundred soldiers will have only ten left for the family of Israel.”
1 After these things I saw another angel, who possessed great authority, coming down out of heaven, and the earth was lit up by his radiance. 2 He shouted with a powerful voice:“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great! She has become a lair for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 3 For all the nations have fallen from the wine of her immoral passion, and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have gotten rich from the power of her sensual behavior.”
Notes and References
"... The first section, verses 1–3, though often referred to as a funeral dirge or lament, is in fact a prophetic taunt song, though the latter is very probably a development of the former with the addition of a mocking tone (Eissfeldt, Introduction, 91); the victory song is also similar in that it incorporates themes from the taunt song. The angel serves as the leader of the ritual lament by making a public announcement of the death, a formal feature of ancient Israelite ritual laments (Jahnow, Leichenlied, 101, 138, 167). Taunt songs have no fixed form but are characterized by derision and joy over the (past, present, or future) misfortunes and shortcomings of others (see 1 Samuel 17:43, 44; Jeremiah 22:14–15; Isaiah 23:15–16). In Isaiah 37:22–29, for example, Hezekiah taunts Sennacherib. Taunt songs were taken up by Old Testament prophets for deriding the enemies of Israel and announcing their downfall (Isaiah 23–24, 47; Jeremiah 50–51; Ezekiel 26–27). This taunt consists first of an angelic announcement anticipating the fall of Babylon (verses 1–3). The opening words, 'Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great', are derived from Isaiah 21:9, yet the form of 18:1–3 is closer to Amos 5:1–3 (Jahnow, Leichenlied, 219), which is also cast in the form of the funerary lament, where the initial announcement of the fall of Israel is followed by a clause providing the reason for that fall ..."
Aune, David E. Word Biblical Commentary: Revelation 17-22 (p. 136) Word Books, 1998
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