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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Revelation 21:1–27

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The New Heaven and Earth

1 Then I saw aa new heaven and a new earth; for bthe first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

2 And I saw athe holy city, bnew Jerusalem, ccoming down out of heaven from God, dmade ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, athe tabernacle of God is among men, and He will 1bdwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them2,

4 and He will awipe away every tear from their eyes; and bthere will no longer be any death; cthere will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; dthe first things have passed away.”

5 And aHe who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am bmaking all things new.” And He * said, “Write, for cthese words are faithful and true.”

6 Then He said to me, “1aIt is done. I am the bAlpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. cI will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the dwater of life without cost.

7 “aHe who overcomes will inherit these things, and bI will be his God and he will be My son.

8 “aBut for the cowardly and 1unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in bthe lake that burns with fire and 2brimstone, which is the csecond death.”

9 aThen one of the seven angels who had the bseven bowls 1full of the cseven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “aCome here, I will show you the dbride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The New Jerusalem

10 And ahe carried me away 1bin the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me cthe holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

11 having athe glory of God. Her 1brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a bstone of ccrystal-clear jasper.

12 1It had a great and high wall, 1awith twelve bgates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.

13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.

14 And the wall of the city had atwelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the btwelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The one who spoke with me had a 1gold measuring arod to measure the city, and its bgates and its wall.

16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the 1rod, 2fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.

17 And he measured its wall, 1seventy-two yards, according to ahuman 2measurements, which are also bangelic measurements.

18 The material of the wall was ajasper; and the city was bpure gold, like 1clear cglass.

19 aThe foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was bjasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, cemerald;

20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, asardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

21 And the twelve agates were twelve bpearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was cpure gold, like transparent dglass.

22 I saw ano 1temple in it, for the bLord God the Almighty and the cLamb are its 1temple.

23 And the city ahas no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for bthe glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the cLamb.

24 aThe nations will walk by its light, and the bkings of the earth 1will bring their glory into it.

25 In the daytime (for athere will be no night there) bits gates cwill never be closed;

26 and athey will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;

27 and anothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those 1whose names are bwritten in the Lamb’s book of life.

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Or tabernacle

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One early ms reads, and be their God

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A star (*) is used to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the actual scene at the time of occurence. However, the translators felt that it would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.

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Or untrustworthy

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Lit who were full

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Lit luminary

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Lit pure

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Or sanctuary

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