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Chapter 21

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2And I saw the new Jerusalem, the holy city, come down out of heaven from God, like a bride dressed and ready to meet her husband. 3I heard a loud voice from the throne say,

“See! God’s dwelling is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them, 4and he will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no death any longer, nor any grief or crying or pain. The old order has passed away.”

5Then he who sat upon the throne said,

“See! I am making everything new! Write this,” he said, “for these words are trustworthy and true. 6It is all over!” he told me, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end I will give anyone who is thirsty water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7He who is victorious will possess all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But the cowardly, unfaithful, and polluted—murderers, immoral people, those who practice magic or idolatry, and all liars will find themselves in the burning lake of fire and brimstone. This is the second death.”

9Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke to me.

“Come,” he said, “I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

10He carried me away in a trance to a great, high mountain, and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God, 11in all the glory of God. It shone with a radiance like that of some very precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, which had carved upon them the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. 13There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the Lamb’s twelve apostles. 15The angel who talked with me had a gold measuring rod, with which to measure the city and its gates and wall. 16The city was a square, its length the same as its breadth. He measured the city with his rod, and it was 12,000 furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height were the same. 17He measured the wall and it was about 144 cubits (216 feet), as men measure, for that was the way the angel measured. 18The material of the wall was jasper, but the city was pure gold, as transparent as glass. 19The foundation stones of the wall of the city were ornamented with all kinds of precious stones. The first foundation stone was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21The twelve gates were twelve pearls; each gate made of a single pearl. The principal street of the city was pure gold, as transparent as glass. 22I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun nor the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God lighted it, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The heathen will walk by its light. The kings of the earth will bring their splendor to it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day—for there will be no night there 26and they will bring the splendor and the wealth of the heathen into it. 27Nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who indulges in abominable practices and falsehoods, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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