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Revelation 21

A new heaven and a new earth.

Revelation 21:1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone: and the sea is now no more. Revelation 21:2 And I, John, saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men: and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people: and God himself with them shall be their God. Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more. Nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:5 And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me: Write. For these words are most faithful and true. Revelation 21:6 And he said to me: It is done. I am Alpha and Omega: the Beginning and the End. To him that thirsteth, I will give of the fountain of the water of life, freely. Revelation 21:7 He that shall overcome shall possess these things. And I will be his God: and he shall be my son. Revelation 21:8 But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Revelation 21:9 And there came one of the seven angels, who had the vials full of the seven last plagues, and spoke with me, saying: Come and I will shew thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb.

The heavenly Jerusalem, with a full description thereof.

Revelation 21:10 And he took me up in spirit to a great and high mountain: and he shewed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, Revelation 21:11 Having the glory of God, and the light thereof was like to a precious stone, as to the jasper stone even as crystal. Revelation 21:12 And it had a wall great and high, having twelve gates, and in the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. Revelation 21:13 On the east, three gates: and on the north, three gates: and on the south, three gates: and on the west, three gates. Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations: And in them, the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, Revelation 21:15 And he that spoke with me had a measure of a reed of gold, to measure the city and the gates thereof and the wall. Revelation 21:16 And the city lieth in a four-square: and the length thereof is as great as the breadth. And he measured the city with the golden reed for twelve thousand furlongs: and the length and the height and the breadth thereof are equal. Revelation 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof an hundred forty-four cubits, the measure of a man, which is of an angel. Revelation 21:18 And the building of the wall thereof was of jasper stone: but the city itself pure gold like to clear glass. Revelation 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper: the second, sapphire: the third; a chalcedony: the fourth, an emerald: Revelation 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx: the sixth, sardius: the seventh, chrysolite: the eighth, beryl: the ninth, a topaz: the tenth, a chrysoprasus: the eleventh, a jacinth: the twelfth, an amethyst. Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, one to each: and every several gate was of one several pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, as it were, transparent glass. Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein. For the Lord God Almighty is the temple thereof, and the Lamb.

She neededth no sun, the glory of God is her light.

Revelation 21:23 And the city hath no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it. For the glory of God hath enlightened it: and the Lamb is the lamp thereof.

The kings of the earth bring their riches unto her.

Revelation 21:24 And the nations shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honour into it. Revelation 21:25 And the gates thereof shall not be shut by day: for there shall be no night there. Revelation 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. Revelation 21:27 There shall not enter into it any thing defiled or that worketh abomination or maketh a lie: but they that are written in the book of life of the Lamb.

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