The Source of Life
1Then he showed me the river22:1 Other mss read pure river of the water of life,22:1 Jr 2:13; 17:13; Jn 4:10 clear as crystal,22:1 Rv 4:6 flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb22:1 Ps 46:4; Ezk 47:1–2; Jl 3:18; Zch 14:8
2down the middle of the city’s main street. The tree of life was on each side of the river, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit every month.22:2 Gn 2:9; 3:22,24; Pr 13:12 The leaves of the tree are for healing the nations,22:2 Is 19:22; 57:19; 61:1; Jr 51:8–9; Zch 8:22–23; Mal 4:2; Mt 4:24; Jn 4:47; Ac 28:8
3and there will no longer be any curse.22:3 Gn 3:14–19; Zch 14:11 The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him.
4They will see his face,22:4 Ex 33:20,23; Ps 17:15; Mt 5:8; 1Jn 3:2 and his name will be on their foreheads.22:4 Rv 7:3; 9:4; 13:16; 14:1,9; 17:5; 20:4
The Time Is Near
8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown them to me.
10Then he said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.22:10 Is 8:16; Dn 8:26; 9:24; 12:4; Rv 1:3; 10:4
12 “Look, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me 22:12 Is 40:10; 62:11 to repay each person according to his work.22:12 Ps 62:12; Is 59:18; Jr 17:10; 25:14; Rm 2:6
14 “Blessed 22:14 Rv 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7 are those who wash their robes,22:14 Other mss read who keep his commands so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
15Outside are the dogs, 22:15 Ps 22:16,20; Mt 15:26–27; Php 3:2 the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.22:15 Rm 1:28–32; 1Co 6:9–10; Rv 21:8
18I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book.
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!22:20 1Co 16:22
21The grace of the Lord Jesus22:21 Other mss add Christ be with everyone.22:21 Other mss read with all the saints Amen.22:21 Other mss omit Amen.
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