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Revelation 22:1-21

22  And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, running out of the throne of God and the Lamb 2  through the middle of its main avenue; and on this side of the river and on that side were trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, bringing in their fruit each month; and the leaves of the trees were for curing the diseases of the nations. 3  And there will no longer be any ban. And the throne of God and the Lamb will be in it; and his servants, 4  his name on their foreheads, will worship him and see his face. 5*  And there will no longer be night, and they do not need lamplight and sunlight, because the Lord God will light them; and they will reign forever and ever. 6  And he said to me “These words are true and trustworthy, and the Lord, the God of the prophets’ spirits, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place. 7  And lo, I am coming quickly. Happy is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 8  And it was I, John, who heard and saw these things; and when I heard and saw, I threw myself down to do reverence before the feet of the angel who was showing me these things, 9  and he said to me “See that you do not! I am a fellow-servant with you and your brothers the prophets and those who keep the words of this book; do reverence to God.” 10  And he said to me “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is near. 11  Let the wronger still wrong and the grimy still go grimy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still act holily: 12  lo, I am coming quickly, with my pay with me to pay each as his work is. 13  I am the A and the Z, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 14  Happy are those who wash their robes, that their rights may extend to the trees of life and they may enter the city by the gates; 15  outside are the dogs and the witchcraft-users and the libertines and the murderers and the idolaters and everybody who loves falsehood and does it. 16*  I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony over the churches. I am the root and line of David, the bright morning star.” 17  And the Spirit and the Bride are saying “Come!” and let him who hears say “Come!” and whoever is thirsty, come! take water of life free, whoever will! 18  I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book that if one puts anything on to it God will put on him the scourges that are written in this book, 19  and if one takes anything away from the words of the book of this prophecy God will take his portion away from the trees of life, and from the sacred city, that are written in this book. 20  Says he who gives this testimony, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen: come, Lord Jesus. 21  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people.


22:5 The best ancient copies have lit. will give light upon them
22:16 Var. in the churches