7 After this I saw four angels+ standing upon the four corners* of the earth, holding tight the four winds+ of the earth, that no wind might blow upon the earth or upon the sea or upon any tree.+ 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrising,+ having a seal of [the] living God;+ and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying: “Do not harm* the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed+ the slaves of our God in their foreheads.”+ 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed,* a hundred and forty-four thousand,+ sealed out of every tribe+ of the sons of Israel:+ 5 Out of the tribe of Judah+ twelve thousand sealed;out of the tribe of Reuʹben+ twelve thousand;out of the tribe of Gad*+ twelve thousand; 6 out of the tribe of Ashʹer+ twelve thousand;out of the tribe of Naphʹta·li+ twelve thousand;out of the tribe of Ma·nasʹseh+ twelve thousand; 7 out of the tribe of Simʹe·on*+ twelve thousand;out of the tribe of Leʹvi+ twelve thousand;out of the tribe of Isʹsa·char+ twelve thousand; 8 out of the tribe of Zebʹu·lun+ twelve thousand;out of the tribe of Joseph+ twelve thousand;out of the tribe of Benjamin+ twelve thousand sealed.+ 9 After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd,+ which no man was able to number, out of all nations*+ and tribes and peoples+ and tongues,+ standing before the throne+ and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes;+ and there were palm branches+ in their hands. 10 And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation* [we owe] to our God,+ who is seated on the throne,+ and to the Lamb.”+ 11 And all the angels+ were standing around the throne and the elders*+ and the four living creatures,+ and they fell upon their faces before the throne and worshiped God,+ 12 saying: “Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power+ and the strength [be] to our God forever and ever. Amen.”*+ 13 And in response one of the elders+ said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes,+ who are they and where did they come from?” 14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one that knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation,+ and they have washed their robes and made them white+ in the blood+ of the Lamb. 15 That is why they are before+ the throne of God; and they are rendering him sacred service*+ day and night in his temple;* and the One seated on the throne+ will spread his tent+ over them. 16 They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down upon them nor any scorching heat,+ 17 because the Lamb,+ who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd+ them, and will guide them to fountains of waters+ of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.”+
^ Or, “quarters; extremities.”
^ Lit., “You should not treat unrighteously.”
^ Lit., “(ones) having been sealed.”
^ “Gad.” א omits.
^ “Simeon.” א omits.
^ Gr., ethʹnous, “ethnic group”; Lat., genʹti·bus, “Gentiles”; J17,18(Heb.), hag·goh·yimʹ, “the nations (goyim).”
^ Lit., “The salvation.” Gr., He so·te·riʹa; Lat., saʹlus; J17,18,22(Heb.), ha·yeshu·ʽahʹ.
^ Gr., pre·sby·teʹron.
^ “Amen.” C omits.
^ “They are rendering . . . sacred service.” Gr., la·treuʹou·sin; J22(Heb.), weʽoh·vedhimʹ, “and they are serving (worshiping).” Compare Ex 3:12 ftn.
^ Or, “divine habitation (dwelling).” Gr., na·oiʹ, dative, sing.; Lat., temʹplo; J17,18,22(Heb.), beheh·kha·lohʹ, “in his palace (temple).”