“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,”
King James Version (KJV)
18:7 As much as she hath glorified herself - By pride, and pomp, and arrogant boasting. And lived deliciously - In all kinds of elegance, luxury, and wantonness. So much torment give her - Proportioning the punishment to the sin. Because she saith in her heart - As did ancient Babylon, #Isai 47:8|,9. I sit - Her usual style. Hence those expressions, The chair, the see of Rome: he sat so many years. As a queen - Over many kings, mistress of all churches; the supreme; the infallible; the only spouse of Christ; out of which there is no salvation. And am no widow - But the spouse of Christ. And shall see no sorrow - From the death of my children, or any other calamity; for God himself will defend the church.
18:8 Therefore - as both the natural and judicial consequence of this proud security Shall her plagues come - The death of her children, with an incapacity of bearing more. Sorrow - of every kind. And famine - In the room of luxurious plenty: the very things from which she imagined herself to be most safe. For strong is the Lord God who judgeth her - Against whom therefore all her strength, great as it is, will not avail.
18:10 Thou strong city - Rome was anciently termed by its inhabitants, Valentia, that is, strong. And the word Rome itself, in Greek, signifies strength. This name was given it by the Greek strangers.
Re 18:9 And the kings of the earth . . . shall bewail her. There will be mourners. Those who have sinned with her, or profited by her will bewail her fall.