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

Revelation 7:1-17

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.+  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,  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.”+  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:+  Out of the tribe of Judah+ twelve thousand sealed; out of the tribe of Reu′ben+ twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Gad*+ twelve thousand;  out of the tribe of Ash′er+ twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Naph′ta·li+ twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Ma·nas′seh+ twelve thousand;  out of the tribe of Sim′e·on*+ twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Le′vi+ twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Is′sa·char+ twelve thousand;  out of the tribe of Zeb′u·lun+ twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Joseph+ twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Benjamin+ twelve thousand sealed.+  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.”+

Footnotes

Or, “quarters; extremities.”
Lit., “You should not treat unrighteously.”
Lit., “(ones) having been sealed.”
“Gad.” א omits.
“Simeon.” א omits.
Gr., eth′nous, “ethnic group”; Lat., gen′ti·bus, “Gentiles”; J17,18(Heb.), hag·goh·yim′, “the nations (goyim).”
Lit., “The salvation.” Gr., He so·te·ri′a; Lat., sa′lus; J17,18,22(Heb.), ha·yeshu·ʽah′.
Gr., pre·sby·te′ron.
“Amen.” C omits.
“They are rendering . . . sacred service.” Gr., la·treu′ou·sin; J22(Heb.), weʽoh·vedhim′, “and they are serving (worshiping).” Compare Ex 3:12 ftn.
Or, “divine habitation (dwelling).” Gr., na·oi′, dative, sing.; Lat., tem′plo; J17,18,22(Heb.), beheh·kha·loh′, “in his palace (temple).”