17:5 On 1 her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 2 “Babylon the Great, the Mother of prostitutes and of the detestable things of the earth.” 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of those who testified to Jesus. 3 I 4 was greatly astounded 5 when I saw her.
1 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
2 tn Some translations consider the word μυστήριον (musthrion, “mystery”) a part of the name written (“Mystery Babylon the Great,” so KJV, NIV), but the gender of both ὄνομα (onoma, “name”) and μυστήριον are neuter, while the gender of “Babylon” is feminine. This strongly suggests that μυστήριον should be understood as an appositive to ὄνομα (“a name, i.e., a mystery”).
3 tn Or “of the witnesses to Jesus.” Here the genitive ᾿Ιησοῦ (Ihsou) is taken as an objective genitive; Jesus is the object of their testimony.
4 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
5 tn Grk “I marveled a great marvel” (an idiom for great astonishment).