I was reading along today and the phrase, “graceful and exquisite” caught my attention. It was talking about the kings of the earth who had committed adultery and lived luxuriously with Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes, (see 17:5; 18:9). The merchants wept over her because no one bought their merchandise anymore, (see 18:11). They, along with the seafaring men, mourned because they gained wealth off of her, (see 18:17-20).
Revelation 18:14, “The fruit that your soul lusted after has departed from you, and all the things which graceful and exquisite have departed from you, and you shall never find them.” Modern English Version
They lost everything that was “graceful and exquisite.”
“Graceful – characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech. Synonyms: elegant, fluid, fluent, natural, neat.” dictionary.com
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“Exquisite – of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence; extraordinarily fine or admirable; of particular refinement or elegance; delicately sensitive or responsive; carefully sought out, chosen. Synonyms: beautiful, lovely, elegant, fine.” dictionary.com
They were left with the opposite:
Graceful antonyms – awkward, coarse, crude, homely, rough, stiff, ugly, unattractive, unsophisticated, unrefined, inept, uncouth.” thesaurus.com
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Exquisite antonyms – gross, ordinary, dull, corrupt, disagreeable, drab, harsh, homely, inferior, repulsive, rough, second-rate.” thesaurus.com
This is the fate of all who commit adultery or gain wealth from sexual immorality. There is good news! You don’t have to continue in it! Repent and turn toward the graceful and exquisite gospel of Jesus Christ, (see 1 John 1:9).
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