Revelation 18:9


(KJV) And 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,
(1611 KJV) And the Kings of the earth, who haue committed fornication, and liued deliciously with her, shall bewaile her and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning:
(1587 Geneva Bible) And the kings of the earth shall bewayle her, and lament for her, which haue committed fornication, and liued in pleasure with her, when they shall see that smoke of that her burning,
(1526 Tyndale) And the kynges of the erth shalbe wepe her and wayle over her which have committed fornicacion with her and have lyved wantanly with her when they shall se the smoke of her burnynge

Counterfeit Versions
(AMP) “And the kings and political leaders of the earth, who committed immorality and lived luxuriously with her, will weep and beat their chests [in mourning] over her when they see the smoke of her burning,
(CEB) “The kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality with her and shared her loose and extravagant ways, will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke from her burning.
(CEV) Every king on earth who slept with her and shared in her luxury will mourn. They will weep, when they see the smoke from that fire.
(ERV) “The rulers of the earth who sinned sexually with her and shared her wealth will see the smoke from her burning. Then they will cry and be sad because of her death.
(ESV) And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning.
(GNB) The kings of the earth who took part in her immorality and lust will cry and weep over the city when they see the smoke from the flames that consume her.
(HCSB) The kings of the earth who have committed sexual immorality and lived luxuriously with her will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her burning.
(JB PHILLIPS) Then the kings of the earth, who debauched and indulged themselves with her, will wail and lament over her. Standing at a safe distance through very fear of her torment, they will watch the smoke of her burning and cry, “Alas, alas for the great city, Babylon the mighty city, that your judgment should come in a single hour.”
(LEB) And the kings of the earth will weep and mourn over her, those who committed sexual immorality and lived sensually with her, when they see the smoke of her burning,
(LB) And the world leaders who took part in her immoral acts and enjoyed her favors will mourn for her as they see the smoke rising from her charred remains.
(THE MESSAGE) “The kings of the earth will see the smoke of her burning, and they’ll cry and carry on, the kings who went night after night to her brothel. They’ll keep their distance for fear they’ll get burned, and they’ll cry their lament: Doom, doom, the great city doomed! City of Babylon, strong city! In one hour it’s over, your judgment come!
(MEV) “The kings of the earth, who have committed adultery and lived luxuriously with her, will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her burning.
(NABRE) The kings of the earth who had intercourse with her in their wantonness will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her pyre.
(NASV) “And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning,
(NCV) The kings of the earth who sinned sexually with her and shared her wealth will see the smoke from her burning. Then they will cry and be sad because of her death.
(NET) Then the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up.
(NIRV) “The kings of the earth who committed terrible sins with her will weep. They will mourn because they used to share her riches. They will see the smoke rising as she burns.
(NIV) “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.
(NLV) “Then the kings of the earth will cry for her and be sorry when they see the smoke of her burning. They are the ones who did sex sins with her and lived as rich people.
(NLT) And the kings of the world who committed adultery with her and enjoyed her great luxury will mourn for her as they see the smoke rising from her charred remains.
(VOICE) And the kings of the earth, who committed lewd, sexual acts and lived lavishly off of her, will weep and wail over their loss when they see the smoke from her burning body rise into the sky.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) “And the kings of the earth who committed sexual immorality with her and lived with her in shameless luxury will weep and beat themselves in grief over her when they see the smoke from her burning.

Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
και κλαυσονται αυτην και κοψονται επ αυτη οι βασιλεις της γης οι μετ αυτης πορνευσαντες και στρηνιασαντες οταν βλεπωσιν τον καπνον της πυρωσεως αυτης

Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
και κλαυσονται αυτην και κοψονται επ αυτη οι βασιλεις της γης οι μετ αυτης πορνευσαντες και στρηνιασαντες οταν βλεπωσιν τον καπνον της πυρωσεως αυτης

Corrupted Manuscripts
None

Affected Teaching
The modern versions replace this word “fornication” with “sexual immorality, immorality, adultery, intercourse.” The scene in view is that the kingdom of Satan is now being judged at the end and those who committed fornication with her are being permitted to see this happen. What is in view here is spiritual fornication and nothing sexual because how can you have sexual relations with a kingdom? Sexual immorality requires two people and that is not what is in view. The kings of the earth are those who ruled nations and held some type of authority on earth and had placed their trust in the kingdom of Satan but now that kingdom is being destroyed forever. The word for “fornication” in the Greek is “porneuô” and it is used only three times in 1 Corinthians and five times in Revelation. In 1 Corinthians Paul uses it to describe physical fornication. 1 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV) Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. In Revelation all the usages are used specifically to point out spiritual fornication. Revelation 2:14 (KJV) But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

The physical kings of the world are not the only ones who are placing their trust in the kingdom of Satan. There are millions of Christians who have dual allegiance. They are in the Kingdom of God and still place trust in the kingdom of Satan. How many are running after preachers like Joel Osteen or Rick Warren? How many own and defend the modern versions of the Bible, which are all Vatican versions? How many believe the lies of false preachers like Ken Copeland, Rodney Howard Browne, Joyce Meyer, and others of that ilk and send them millions of dollars? How many Christians have bought into the ecumenical movement by believing Roman Catholicism is a Christian denomination? How many Christians have bought into the belief that sodomy is acceptable? How many Christians are following the Emergent Church Movement with all its false and esoteric teachings? 1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV) Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Once many Christians renounce dual allegiance, God will once again bless the USA as it once was.

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