All Things Made New
1Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
2Then I, 21:2 NU, M omit JohnJohn, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said 21:5 NU, M omit to meto me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6And He said to me, “It21:6 M omits It is done is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7He who overcomes 21:7 M I shall give him these thingsshall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8But the cowardly, 21:8 M adds and sinners,unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
The New Jerusalem
(cf. Ezek. 48:30–35)
9Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came 21:9 NU, M omit to meto me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the 21:9 M woman, the Lamb’s bridebride, the Lamb’s wife.”
10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the 21:10 NU, M omit greatgreat city, the 21:10 NU, M holy city, Jerusalemholy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
12Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
14Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the 21:14 NU, M twelve namesnames of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
16The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand 21:16 Lit. stadia, about 1,380 miles in allfurlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
17Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
18The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
19The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
20the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
21The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
The Glory of the New Jerusalem
22But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine 21:23 NU, M omit in itin it, for the 21:23 M very gloryglory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
24And the nations 21:24 NU, M omit of those who are savedof those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor 21:24 M of the nations to Himinto it.
25Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
26And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into 21:26 M adds that they may enter in.it.
27But there shall by no means enter it anything 21:27 NU, M profane, nor one who causesthat defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
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