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The New Jerusalem - an open home
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Note 1
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, Note 2 prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Note 3 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away". Note 4
5 And He that sat upon the throne said,
"Behold, I make all things new". Note 5
And He said to me,
"Write: for these words are true and faithful".
6 And He said to me,
"It is done.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Note 6
"I will give to him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death".
9 And there came to me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying,
"Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife".
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Note 7 11 having the glory of God: and her light was like a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me [the angel] had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates of it, and the wall of it. Note 8 16 And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal [or in proportion].
(There was about 100km between the city and the mountain on which sat the temple.)
17 And he measured the wall of it, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.
The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every single gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple in there [in the city]: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it [although they were there]: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light of it. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. Note 9
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: Note 10
for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. Note 11 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Note 12
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