March 2: Marriage

March 2

And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, he made into a woman, and brought her to the man.

–Genesis 2:22


Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will cling to his wife: and they will be one flesh.

–Genesis 2:24


Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

–Ephesians 5:25


Revelation Chapter Eighteen in blank verse


1 I saw another angel then descend

From heaven, having massive power, and

His splendor brightened earth. 2 With a big voice,


He shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is the great

Babylon! She’s become a demons’ home,

A haunt of devils, every evil spirit,


A haunt for filthy and repulsive birds.

3 Babylon’s evil and immoral wine

Has made the nations drunk; the kings of earth


Have slept with her, and businessmen throughout

The earth grew rich from her indulgence in

Her luxuries.” 4 I heard another voice


From heaven say: “Come out of her, my people,

So you will not share in her sins, so you

Will not receive her plagues, 5 because her sins


Are piled as high as heaven; for God has

Recalled her sins. 6 Give back to her as she

Has given, and pay her back double for


What she’s done. Mix for her a double portion

From her own cup, 7 and give her as much grief

And torture as the frills and luxury


She gave herself, for in her heart she boasts,

‘I sit as queen; I’m not a widow, and

I’ll never mourn.’ 8 So in one day the sorrows


Of death will overtake her: Mourning, famine,

And death. A fire will ravage her dead body,

For great is the Lord God who judges her.


9 The kings of earth who slept with her and shared

Her luxury will wail and mourn when they

See smoke arising from her charred remains.


10 Her sufferings will frighten them, and they

Will stand far off and cry out: ‘Pity that

Great, mighty city, Babylon, for in


One hour her doom has come.’ 11 The merchants of

The earth will weep and mourn for her, because

None will remain to buy their cargoes: 12 gold


And silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen;

And purple, silk and scarlet cloth; all kinds

Of scented wood; all sorts of vessels made


Of ivory, expensive wood, bronze, iron

And marble; 13 cinnamon and spice and incense,

Myrrh, frankincense, and wine and olive oil,


Fine flour and wheat, and cattle, sheep and horses;

Chariots, and the bodies and the souls

Of men, 14 and they will say, ‘The fruit for which


You longed has gone from you. The luxuries

And splendor that you prized so much are gone,

Vanished forever. 15 Merchants who became


Wealthy because they bought and sold these things

Will stand far off for fear of her distress.

They’ll weep and mourn 16 and cry, ‘Alas, alas,


That mighty city, clothed in finest purple

And scarlet linens, beautified with gold

And precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour


Such monumental opulence has been

Destroyed! Then shipowners and captains of

The merchant ships and crews will stand far off,


18 Exclaiming as they watch her smoke ascend,

‘This was the greatest city ever!’ 19 They’ll

Throw dust upon their heads, and weep and mourn


And cry out, ‘Pity that great city! You

Enriched us through your opulence but in

A single hour she was destroyed! 20 Rejoice,


O heaven, over her! Rejoice, you saints,

Apostles, prophets! God has punished her

For how she treated you!’” 21 Then a strong angel


Picked up a boulder like a giant millstone

And hurled it in the sea, and said, “As I

Have thrown this boulder, Babylon, that great


City, shall be thrown down to disappear

Forever. 22 Never more will music sound

In her−no more will people hear the harps


And singers, flutes and trumpets in you. Never

Again shall workmen set up shop in you.

The sound of grinding grain will not be heard.


23 Dark, dark will be your nights, for lamplight will

Not ever shine in you again. The voice

Of bride and bridegroom won’t be heard in you.


Your merchants ruled the earth, and by your witchcraft

You fooled the nations, 24 for in you was found

The blood of prophets and saints; indeed, the pain


And blood of all on earth who have been slain.