Explanatio: Rev. 17:3-6

“And I saw a woman sitting upon a beast.” (Rev. 17:3) Here the ‘beast’ is shown ‘to be’Caes the people. For [the angel] promises to show [John] the one “sitting upon many waters.” (Rev. 17:1) The beast and the waters are one — that is, [they are] the people. ‘He says corruption is to “sit upon” the peoples “in the wilderness.” The harlot, beast’Caes, GryTyc ‘and’Caes ‘wilderness are one.’ For ‘the beast,’Caes, GryTyc ‘as’Caes ‘it was said, is’Caes, GryTyc ‘a body, the adversary to the Lamb’ – that is, the devil’s body, which evil humans are. ‘Now the devil is in this’Caes, GryTyc, Prim ‘body,’Caes, GryTyc ‘now the “head as if slain” (Rev. 13:3)’ Caes, GryTyc, Prim — that is, evil sacerdotes in whom the devil “transfigures himself into an angel of light,” (2 Cor. 11:14) and the devil is called by another name; ‘now’GryTyc, Prim ‘it is to be taken as the people, which’ here ‘is all’ one city, ‘Babylon.’Caes, GryTyc, Prim

“And I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast” (Rev. 17:3) – ‘that is,’Caes, GryTyc ‘the gore-covered’Caes, GryTyc, Prim ‘sinner-woman.’Caes, GryTyc

“Full of names of blasphemies.” (Rev. 17:3, VL) ‘He shows many “names” to be in the beast.’Caes, GryTyc

“Having seven heads and ten horns” (Rev. 17:3) – ‘that is,’Caes, GryTyc ‘having’GryTyc, Bede ‘the kings of the world and’Caes, GryTyc, Bede ‘their kingdom, with whom the devil is seen in heaven’Caes, GryTyc – that is, in the Church.

“And the woman was clothed round about with purple, and scarlet cloth, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls” (Rev. 17:4, VL) – ‘that is,’ she is shown decorated ‘with all the enticements of imitation truth,’Caes, GryTyc, Prim, Bede because Christianity is seen on her outside.

‘So’Caes, GryTyc ‘in the end he explains what would be within the woman’s beauty,’Caes, GryTyc, Prim, Bede ‘saying,’GryTyc, Prim “And she held in her hand a gold chalice full of abomination, and of the uncleannesses of her fornication.” (Rev. 17:4, VL) The “‘gold…Caes, GryTyc, Primfull…GryTyc, Primof uncleannesses” is’Caes, GryTyc ‘hypocrisy’ – that is, the simulation of sanctity – because ‘ “outwardly indeed” (Mt. 23:28) “they appear” (Mt. 23:27) “just, but inwardly,” (Mt. 23:28)’Caes, GryTyc, Prim ‘they are’GryTyc, Prim“full of” (Mt. 23:25) “all” (Mt. 23:27) “uncleanness.” (Mt. 23:25)’Caes, GryTyc, Prim

“And on her forehead, a name was written: “Mystery. Babylon the Great Mother of the fornications and of the curses of the earth.” (Rev. 17:5, VL) ‘There is no’Caes, GryTyc ‘superstition’Caes – that is, a leftover religion of falseness – ‘which would give a seal on her forehead, except hypocrisy’Caes, GryTyc – that is, the simulation of sanctity. ‘For the Spirit has brought back what would be “written on the forehead”Caes, GryTyc ‘of the woman’GryTyc: “It had written,” he said, “Babylon the Great” – that is, the grand confusion. He said here, “Mystery” – that is, Sacrament – so that you may know openly that great evil is to be done in the Church. ‘For what kind of inscription would she put openly’ on her forehead? ‘For he said it to be “Mystery,” which was to be interpreted’Caes, GryTyc spiritually.

“And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” (Rev. 17:6) The “adversaries” (Lk. 13:17) of the Church who are seen to be members of the devil are two peoples. The one is the unfaithful outside the Church; the other is inside the Church, as if faithful. ‘For the adverse body is one, inside and outside; for though it would seem to be separated by place’ and way of life, ‘yet it labors in’ a common ‘spirit. For it is impossible’GryTyc that any other, except one who fakes himself being Christian, would kill a just person.

‘For it is impossible for “a prophet to perish” outside “Jerusalem,” killing “the prophets”Caes, GryTyc and stoning “those sent to her.” (cf. Lk. 13:33-34) Jerusalem was interpreted “vision of peace.”Jerome, Isidore Therefore Jerusalem is the “malign congregation” (cf. Ps. 21:17/Ps. 22:16, VL) which is false Christianity — which has peace here, because they do not hope for the future. She is the Jerusalem who kills the prophets — that is, the preachers who declare the future to them. ‘As the great-grandsons of the depraved ones, (cf. Mt. 23:31) they are accused, in a sense, of having stoned Zechariah, when they themselves did not do it. (cf. Mt. 23:35) But this stoning was told about, because now it is carried in the Church.

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