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14 The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

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10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

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20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.

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19 The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones:[a] the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.

21 The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.

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Footnotes

  1. 21:19 The identification of some of these gemstones is uncertain.

20 Rejoice over her fate, O heaven
    and people of God and apostles and prophets!
For at last God has judged her
    for your sakes.

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A Call to Remain Faithful

17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted.

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11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.

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God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.

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In fact, James, Peter,[a] and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:9 Greek Cephas; also in 2:11, 14.

10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.

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18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’),[a] and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell[b] will not conquer it.

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Footnotes

  1. 16:18a Greek that you are Peter.
  2. 16:18b Greek and the gates of Hades.

Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

first, Simon (also called Peter),
then Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Zebedee),
John (James’s brother),
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Thomas,
Matthew (the tax collector),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Thaddaeus,[a]
Simon (the zealot[b]),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

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Footnotes

  1. 10:3 Other manuscripts read Lebbaeus; still others read Lebbaeus who is called Thaddaeus.
  2. 10:4 Greek the Cananean, an Aramaic term for Jewish nationalists.

11 “O storm-battered city,
    troubled and desolate!
I will rebuild you with precious jewels
    and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.

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