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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Revelation 21:1-27

21  And I saw a new heaven+ and a new earth;+ for the former heaven+ and the former earth+ had passed away, and the sea+ is no more.  I saw also the holy city,+ New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven+ from God and prepared as a bride+ adorned for her husband.+  With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent*+ of God is with mankind, and he will reside*+ with them, and they will be his peoples.+ And God himself will be with them.+  And he will wipe out every tear+ from their eyes, and death will be no more,+ neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.+ The former things have passed away.”+  And the One seated on the throne+ said: “Look! I am making all things new.”+ Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”  And he said to me: “They have come to pass!* I am the Al′pha and the O·me′ga,* the beginning and the end.+ To anyone thirsting I will give from the fountain of the water of life free.+  Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I shall be his God+ and he will be my son.+  But as for the cowards and those without faith+ and those who are disgusting in their filth+ and murderers+ and fornicators+ and those practicing spiritism* and idolaters+ and all the liars,+ their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire+ and sulphur.+ This means* the second death.”+  And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls which were full of the seven last plagues,+ and he spoke with me and said: “Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”+ 10  So he carried me away in [the power of the] spirit to a great and lofty mountain,+ and he showed me the holy city+ Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God+ 11  and having the glory of God.+ Its radiance* was like a most precious stone, as a jasper stone shining crystal-clear.+ 12  It had a great and lofty wall+ and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names were inscribed which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.+ 13  On the east were three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.+ 14  The wall of the city also had twelve foundation+ stones, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles+ of the Lamb. 15  Now the one who was speaking with me was holding as a measure a golden reed,+ that he might measure the city and its gates and its wall.+ 16  And the city lies foursquare, and its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city+ with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs;* its length and breadth and height are equal. 17  Also, he measured its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits,* according to a man’s measure, at the same time an angel’s.* 18  Now the structure of its wall was jasper,+ and the city was pure gold like clear glass. 19  The foundations+ of the city’s wall were adorned with every sort of precious stone:+ the first foundation was jasper,+ the second sapphire,+ the third chal·ced′o·ny, the fourth emerald,+ 20  the fifth sar′do·nyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrys′o·lite,+ the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz,+ the tenth chrys′o·prase, the eleventh hyacinth, the twelfth amethyst.+ 21  Also, the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was made of one pearl.+ And the broad way of the city was pure gold, as transparent glass. 22  And I did not see a temple* in it,+ for Jehovah*+ God the Almighty*+ is its temple,+ also the Lamb [is].+ 23  And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God lighted it up,+ and its lamp was the Lamb.+ 24  And the nations will walk by means of its light,+ and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.+ 25  And its gates will not be closed at all by day,+ for night will not exist there.+ 26  And they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.+ 27  But anything not sacred and anyone that carries on a disgusting+ thing and a lie+ will in no way enter into it;+ only those written in the Lamb’s scroll of life [will].+

Footnotes

“Tent.” Gr., ske·ne′; Lat., ta·ber·na′cu·lum; J17,18,22(Heb.), mish·kan′. See Ex 25:8.
Lit., “he will tent.”
Or, “They are a fact!”
Or, “I am the A and the Z.” Compare 1:8 ftn, “Omega.”
“Those practicing spiritism.” Or, “sorcerers.” Lit., “druggers.” Gr., phar·ma·kois′.
Or, “This portion is.”
Or, “illuminator.”
About 2,220 km (1,379 English mi). A furlong corresponded to a stadium and equaled one eighth of a Roman mile, 185 m (606.75 ft).
About 64 m (210 ft).
Or, “that is, an angel’s.”
Or, “divine habitation (dwelling).” Gr., na·on′; Lat., tem′plum; J17,18(Heb.), weheh·khal′, “and a palace (temple).”
See App 1D.
“Almighty.” Gr., Pan·to·kra′tor; Lat., O·mni′po·tens; J17,22(Heb.), ʼElo·him′ tseva·ʼohth′, “God of armies.” See Ru 1:20 ftn, “Almighty.”