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A World Renewed

17 [a]See, I am creating new heavens
    and a new earth;
The former things shall not be remembered
    nor come to mind.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 65:17–18 The new creation (cf. 66:22) is described with apocalyptic exuberance: long life, material prosperity, and so forth. As the former events in 43:18 are to be forgotten, so also the new creation wipes out memory of the first creation.

22 Just as the new heavens and the new earth
    which I am making
Shall endure before me—oracle of the Lord
    so shall your descendants and your name endure.(A)

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21 that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.(A)

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VI. The New Creation[a]

Chapter 21

The New Heaven and the New Earth. (A)Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 21:1–22:5 A description of God’s eternal kingdom in heaven under the symbols of a new heaven and a new earth; cf. Is 65:17–25; 66:22; Mt 19:28.
  2. 21:1 Sea…no more: because as home of the dragon it was doomed to disappear; cf. Jb 7:12.

27 but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any[one] who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.(A)

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