THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Notes on The Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle (Author Bishop Richard Challoner (ed.))

17:5 A mystery: That is, a secret; because what follows of the name and title of the great harlot is to be taken in a mystical sense. Babylon. . .Either the city of the devil in general; or, if this place be to be understood of any particular city, pagan Rome, which then and for three hundred years persecuted the church; and was the principal seat both of empire and idolatry.



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