The New Heaven and Earth

21 Then I saw (A)a new heaven and a new earth; for (B)the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw (C)the holy city, (D)new Jerusalem, (E)coming down out of heaven from God, (F)prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, (G)the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will (H)dwell among them, and they shall be His [a]people, and God Himself will be among them[b], and He will (I)wipe away every tear from their eyes; and (J)there will no longer be any death; (K)there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; (L)the first things have passed away.”

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

(Y)Then one of the seven angels who had the (Z)seven bowls, [f]full of the (AA)seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, “(AB)Come here, I will show you the (AC)bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The New Jerusalem

10 And (AD)he carried me away [g](AE)in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me (AF)the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having (AG)the glory of God. Her [h]brilliance was like a very valuable stone, like a (AH)stone of (AI)crystal-clear jasper. 12 [i]It had a great and high wall, [j](AJ)with twelve (AK)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 (AL)twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the (AM)twelve apostles of the Lamb.

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

22 I saw (BC)no [q]temple in it, for the (BD)Lord God the Almighty and the (BE)Lamb are its [r]temple. 23 And the city (BF)has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for (BG)the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the (BH)Lamb. 24 (BI)The nations will walk by its light, and the (BJ)kings of the earth [s]will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for (BK)there will be no night there) (BL)its gates (BM)will never be closed; 26 and (BN)they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and (BO)nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those [t]whose names are (BP)written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The River and the Tree of Life

22 And (BQ)he showed me a (BR)river of the (BS)water of life, [u]clear (BT)as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of [v]the Lamb, in the middle of (BU)its street. (BV)On either side of the river was (BW)the tree of life, bearing twelve [w]kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (BX)There will no longer be any curse; and (BY)the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will (BZ)serve Him; they will (CA)see His face, and His (CB)name will be on their (CC)foreheads. And (CD)there will no longer be any night; and they [x]will not have need (CE)of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them; and they will (CF)reign forever and ever.

And (CG)he said to me, “(CH)These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the (CI)God of the spirits of the prophets, (CJ)sent His angel to show His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.

“And behold, (CK)I am coming quickly. (CL)Blessed is the one who [y]keeps (CM)the words of the prophecy of this book.”

(CN)I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, (CO)I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. And (CP)he *said to me, “[z]Do not do that; I am a (CQ)fellow servant of yours and of your brothers the prophets, and of those who [aa]keep the words of (CR)this book. Worship God!”

The Final Message

10 And he *said to me, “(CS)Do not seal up (CT)the words of the prophecy of this book, (CU)for the time is near. 11 (CV)Let the one who does wrong still do wrong, and the one who is filthy still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous still practice righteousness, and the one who is holy still keep himself holy.”

12 “Behold, (CW)I am coming quickly, and My (CX)reward is with Me, (CY)to reward each one as his work [ab]deserves. 13 I am the (CZ)Alpha and the Omega, (DA)the first and the last, (DB)the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who (DC)wash their robes, so that they will have the right to (DD)the tree of life, and may (DE)enter the city by the (DF)gates. 15 (DG)Outside are the (DH)dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral persons, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

16 (DI)I, Jesus, have sent (DJ)My angel to testify to you of these things [ac](DK)for the churches. I am (DL)the root and the (DM)descendant of David, the bright (DN)morning star.”

17 The (DO)Spirit and the (DP)bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And (DQ)let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires, take the (DR)water of life without cost.

18 I testify to everyone who hears (DS)the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone (DT)adds to them, God will add to him (DU)the plagues that are written in (DV)this book; 19 and if anyone (DW)takes away from the (DX)words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from (DY)the tree of life and [ad]from the holy city, (DZ)which are written in this book.

20 He who (EA)testifies to these things says, “Yes, (EB)I am coming quickly.” Amen. (EC)Come, Lord Jesus.

21 (ED)The grace of the Lord Jesus be with [ae]all. Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 21:3 Lit peoples
  2. Revelation 21:3 One early ms adds, as their God
  3. Revelation 21:6 Lit They are
  4. Revelation 21:8 Or untrustworthy
  5. Revelation 21:8 I.e., burning sulfur
  6. Revelation 21:9 Lit who were full; i.e., (previously) loaded with
  7. Revelation 21:10 Or in spirit
  8. Revelation 21:11 Or radiance
  9. Revelation 21:12 Lit having
  10. Revelation 21:12 Lit having
  11. Revelation 21:15 Lit measure, a gold reed
  12. Revelation 21:16 Lit reed
  13. Revelation 21:16 Possibly about 1,380 miles or 2,220 km; a Roman stadion perhaps averaged 607 ft. or 185 m
  14. Revelation 21:17 Possibly about 216 ft. or 65 m; a cubit is about 18 in. or 45 cm
  15. Revelation 21:17 Lit measure
  16. Revelation 21:18 Lit pure
  17. Revelation 21:22 Or sanctuary
  18. Revelation 21:22 Or sanctuary
  19. Revelation 21:24 Lit bring
  20. Revelation 21:27 Lit who have been written
  21. Revelation 22:1 Lit bright
  22. Revelation 22:1 Or the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was
  23. Revelation 22:2 Or crops of fruit
  24. Revelation 22:5 Lit do not have
  25. Revelation 22:7 Or follows
  26. Revelation 22:9 Lit See that you do not
  27. Revelation 22:9 Or follows
  28. Revelation 22:12 Lit is
  29. Revelation 22:16 Or concerning
  30. Revelation 22:19 Lit out of
  31. Revelation 22:21 One early ms the saints