Book of Revelation: Chapter 21
I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the
first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more.
I saw the holy
city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready like a
bride adorned for her husband.
I heard a loud voice out of heaven
saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and he will dwell with them,
and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away from them every tear from their eyes. Death will be no
more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The
first things have passed away.”
He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things
new.” He said, “Write, for these words of God are faithful and
He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End. I will give freely to him who is thirsty from the
spring of the water of life.
He who overcomes, I will give him these
things. I will be his God, and he will be my son.
But for the cowardly,
unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, *1 idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake
that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, who were loaded with the
seven last plagues came, and he spoke with me, saying, “Come here. I will
show you the wife, the Lamb’s bride.”
He carried me away in the Spirit
to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming
down out of heaven from God,
having the glory of God. Her light was
like a most precious stone, as if it was a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
having a great and high wall; having twelve gates, and at the gates
twelve angels; and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve
tribes of the children of Israel.
On the east were three gates; and on
the north three gates; and on the south three gates; and on the west three
The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them twelve
names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.
He who spoke with me had for
a measure, a golden reed, to measure the city, its gates, and its walls.
The city lies foursquare, and its length is as great as its breadth. He
measured the city with the reed, Twelve thousand twelve stadia *2 . Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
wall is one hundred forty-four cubits, *3 by the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
construction of its wall was jasper. The city was pure gold, like pure glass.
The foundations of the city’s wall were adorned with all kinds of
precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire *4 ; the
third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;
the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth,
sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the
tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, jacinth; and the twelfth, amethyst.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each one of the gates was made of
one pearl. The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb,
are its temple.
The city has no need for the sun, neither of the moon,
to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the
glory and honor of the nations into it.
Its gates will in no way be
shut by day (for there will be no night there),
and they shall bring
the glory and the honor of the nations into it so that they may enter.
There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes
an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of
1 The word for “sorcerers” here also includes users of
potions and drugs.
stadia = or 2,221 kilometers or 1,380 miles. TR reads 12,000 stadia instead
of 12,012 stadia.
3 144 cubits is about 65.8 meters
or 216 feet
4 or, lapis lazuli
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