Revelation 18:17
Revelation 18, Page 18

Bible, KJV Translation
18:17  For 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,

Re-evaluation Translation
18:17  For in one hour such great riches are devalued and destroyed. And every transporter, all the transport companies, and sailors [truck driver, freight pilots, seamen], as many as trade by sea [by transport], distanced themselves,

Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 18:17 (4 July 2008):  “For in one hour,” that is, in a defined short period of time, as discussed in notes on Revelation 18:10.
       
“So great riches is come to nought,” the wealth and accumulated possessions of the elite and the marketers will have no value and much of it will be utterly destroyed. Riches, from ploutos [G4149], is used only twice in Revelation 5:12 of the wealth restored to Yehuveh’s righteous Lamb-king and through him to all of Yehuveh’s restored people [study the re-evaluation of Daniel 11:24], and here in 18:17 in regard to the wealth ripped from the present corrupt society. Come to nought is translated “desolate,” in Revelation 18:19, and is discussed in notes on Revelation 17:16.  
       
“Every shipmaster,” or ship captain, but probably even wider to include all those who directed manufacturing companies, shipping companies, and even government officials involved in the development and regulation of markets. Shipmaster, from kubernetes [G2942, which with kubernesis, G2941, meaning “to govern, government,” comes from a Latin root meaning “to steer”], meaning “steersman, helmsman, sailing master,” is used only here in Scriptures.
       
“All the company in ships,” or better, all the shipping companies. Company is from homilos [G3658], meaning “a multitude of men gathered together, a crowd, a throng,” and used only here in Scriptures. Ships are discussed in notes on Daniel 11:30 and Revelation 8:9.
       
“Sailor,” “seaman, mariner,” is from nautes [G3492], and is used only here in Revelation. As we use the word shipping to describe any form of transport, this probably describes anyone involved in transport—truck driver, pilots, etc.
       
“As many as trade by sea,” that is, as many as transport materials internationally. Regarding sea as the symbol of those ignorant of Yehuveh’s ways, study the notes on Revelation 6:14.
       
“Stood afar off,” distanced themselves, as in Revelation 18:10.


Gael Bataman
Originally Written:               4 July 2008
Latest Update:                     4 July 2008


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