18 (A)Do not call to mind the former things,
Or consider things of the past.
19 Behold, I am going to do something (B)new,
Now it will spring up;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even (C)make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
20 The animals of the field will glorify Me,
The (D)jackals and the ostriches,
Because I have (E)given waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My chosen people.
21 The people whom (F)I formed for Myself
(G)Will declare My praise.

The Shortcomings of Israel

22 “Yet you have not called on Me, Jacob;
But you have become (H)weary of Me, Israel.
23 You have (I)not brought to Me the sheep of your burnt offerings,
Nor have you (J)honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not (K)burdened you with [a]offerings,
Nor wearied you with (L)incense.
24 You have not bought Me [b](M)sweet cane with money,
Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
Rather, you have burdened Me with your sins,
You have (N)wearied Me with your wrongdoings.

25 “I, I alone, am the one who (O)wipes out your wrongdoings (P)for My own sake,
And I will (Q)not remember your sins.
26 [c]Meet Me in court, (R)let’s argue our case together;
State your cause, (S)so that you may be proved right.
27 Your (T)first [d]forefather sinned,
And your [e](U)spokesmen have rebelled against Me.
28 So I will profane the [f]officials of the sanctuary,
And I will turn Jacob over to (V)destruction and Israel to (W)abuse.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:23 Or a meal offering
  2. Isaiah 43:24 Or calamus
  3. Isaiah 43:26 Or Report to Me
  4. Isaiah 43:27 Lit father
  5. Isaiah 43:27 Or interpreters
  6. Isaiah 43:28 Or holy princes

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 “For behold, I create (A)new heavens and a new earth;
And the (B)former things will not be remembered or come to [a]mind.

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  1. Isaiah 65:17 Lit heart

24 and to (A)put on the (B)new [a]self, which [b](C)in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

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  1. Ephesians 4:24 Lit person
  2. Ephesians 4:24 Lit according to God

and He will (A)wipe away every tear from their eyes; and (B)there will no longer be any death; (C)there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; (D)the first things have passed away.”

And (E)He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am (F)making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for (G)these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “[a](H)It is done. I am the (I)Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. (J)I will give water to the one who thirsts from the spring of the (K)water of life, without cost. (L)The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and (M)I will be his God and he will be My son. (N)But for the cowardly, and [b]unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in (O)the lake that burns with fire and [c]brimstone, which is the (P)second death.”

(Q)Then one of the seven angels who had the (R)seven bowls, [d]full of the (S)seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, “(T)Come here, I will show you the (U)bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The New Jerusalem

10 And (V)he carried me away [e](W)in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me (X)the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having (Y)the glory of God. Her [f]brilliance was like a very valuable stone, like a (Z)stone of (AA)crystal-clear jasper. 12 [g]It had a great and high wall, [h](AB)with twelve (AC)gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on the gates, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had (AD)twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the (AE)twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The one who spoke with me had a [i]gold measuring (AF)rod to measure the city, its (AG)gates, 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 [j]rod, [k]twelve thousand stadia; its length, width, and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, [l]144 cubits, by (AH)human [m]measurements, which are also (AI)angelic measurements. 18 The material of the wall was (AJ)jasper; and the city was (AK)pure gold, like [n]clear (AL)glass. 19 (AM)The foundation stones of the city wall were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was (AN)jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, (AO)emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, (AP)sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve (AQ)gates were twelve (AR)pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was (AS)pure gold, like transparent (AT)glass.

22 I saw (AU)no [o]temple in it, for the (AV)Lord God the Almighty and the (AW)Lamb are its [p]temple. 23 And the city (AX)has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for (AY)the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the (AZ)Lamb. 24 (BA)The nations will walk by its light, and the (BB)kings of the earth [q]will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for (BC)there will be no night there) (BD)its gates (BE)will never be closed; 26 and (BF)they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and (BG)nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those [r]whose names are (BH)written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 21:6 Lit They are
  2. Revelation 21:8 Or untrustworthy
  3. Revelation 21:8 I.e., burning sulfur
  4. Revelation 21:9 Lit who were full; i.e., (previously) loaded with
  5. Revelation 21:10 Or in spirit
  6. Revelation 21:11 Or radiance
  7. Revelation 21:12 Lit having
  8. Revelation 21:12 Lit having
  9. Revelation 21:15 Lit measure, a gold reed
  10. Revelation 21:16 Lit reed
  11. Revelation 21:16 Possibly about 1,380 miles or 2,220 km; a Roman stadion perhaps averaged 607 ft. or 185 m
  12. Revelation 21:17 Possibly about 216 ft. or 65 m; a cubit is about 18 in. or 45 cm
  13. Revelation 21:17 Lit measure
  14. Revelation 21:18 Lit pure
  15. Revelation 21:22 Or sanctuary
  16. Revelation 21:22 Or sanctuary
  17. Revelation 21:24 Lit bring
  18. Revelation 21:27 Lit who have been written