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Revelation 21:1-27

21  And I saw new heavens and a new earth—for the former heavens and the former earth are gone, and the sea no longer exists— 2  and I saw the sacred city Jerusalem new, I saw it come down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3  And I heard a loud voice out of the throne say “Lo, God’s abode is with men and he will abide with them, and they shall be his peoples and he will be God with them 4  and will wipe away every tear out of their eyes, and death will no longer exist, nor will mourning nor outcry nor pain any longer exist, because former things are gone”; 5*  and he who sat on the throne said “Lo, I am making everything new”; and it said “Write, because these words are true and trustworthy.” 6  And he said to me “The work is done. I am the A and the Z, the beginning and the end. I will give him who is thirsty free water from the spring of the water of life. 7  The victor shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. 8  But as for cowards and disbelievers and scoundrels and murderers and libertines and witchcraft-users and idolaters, and all liars, their portion shall be in the lake burning with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” 9  And one of the seven angels that had the seven saucers full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10  And he took me in the spirit to a great high mountain and showed me the sacred city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11  having God’s glory: what it is lighted by is like a most precious stone, as if it were a crystalline jaspid stone; 12  it has a great high wall, and has twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written on the gates which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel— 13*  on the east three gates and on the north three gates and on the south three gates and on the west three gates; 14  and the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them twelve names of the Lamb’s twelve apostles. 15  And the one who spoke with me had a measure, a golden reed, to measure the city and its gates and its wall. 16*  And the city stands as a square, its length the same as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed for twelve thousand stadia: its length and its breadth and its height are equal. 17*  And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, man’s measure, which is angel’s measure. 18  And the masonry of its wall was jaspid; and the city was pure gold like pure glass. 19  The foundations of the city’s wall were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation jaspid, the second lapis lazuli, the third dioptase, the fourth emerald, 20  the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sard, the seventh topaz, the eighth beryl, the ninth peridot, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh sapphire, the twelfth amethyst. 21  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each one of the gates was made of one pearl. And the avenues of the city were pure gold, that seemed as if it were transparent glass. 22  And I did not see any temple in it; for the Lord God Almighty is its temple, and the Lamb. 23  And the city does not need the sun or the moon to shine for it; for God’s glory lights it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24  And the nations will walk through its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory to it; 25  and its gates shall not be shut by day (for there will be no night there), 26*  and they will bring the glory and honor of the nations to it; 27  and there shall not enter it any unholy thing and doer of abomination and falsehood, but those who are written down in the Lamb’s book of life.


21:5 Or Write that these
21:13 Lit. from the east etc.
21:16 Nearly 1400 miles
21:17 About 250 feet
21:26 Or the glory and the precious things