In early October 2017 I taught from the first part of Revelation 17. In those first 6 or so verses John the Apostle tells of his vision of a woman, a prostitute, riding a scarlet beast and drunk with her ungodly deeds against the saints. The end of that 17th chapter tells us the prostitute was not a literal woman, but a figurative one. She represented Babylon, a real place from antiquity. The nation of Babylon was a prostitute because she took God given things of the earth and used them in an attempt to satisfy her own lusts, her own gains.
In Psalm 501 God outlines three responsibilities of man: obedience, worship and dependence. Babylon did not take the God-given, good things of earth and offer them back to God.