A New Heaven and a New Earth
21 Then 1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 2 and the sea existed no more. 2 And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence 3 of God is among human beings. 4 He 5 will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 6 4 He 7 will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” 8
5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 9 he said to me, “Write it down, 10 because these words are reliable 11 and true.” 6 He also said to me, “It is done! 12 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 13 free of charge 14 from the spring of the water of life. 7 The one who conquers 15 will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, 16 idol worshipers, 17 and all those who lie, their place 18 will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 19 That 20 is the second death.”
The New Jerusalem Descends
9 Then 21 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 22 saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” 10 So 23 he took me away in the Spirit 24 to a huge, majestic mountain 25 and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 11 The city possesses 26 the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 27 12 It has 28 a massive, high wall 29 with twelve gates, 30 with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 31 are written on the gates. 32 13 There are 33 three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. 34 14 The 35 wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel 36 who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 16 Now 37 the city is laid out as a square, 38 its length and width the same. He 39 measured the city with the measuring rod 40 at fourteen hundred miles 41 (its length and width and height are equal). 17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 42 according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 43 18 The city’s 44 wall is made 45 of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 46 19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 47 with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 48 the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, 49 the sixth carnelian, 50 the seventh chrysolite, 51 the eighth beryl, 52 the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 53 the eleventh jacinth, 54 and the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The 55 main street 56 of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 Now 57 I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 58 – and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations 59 will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 60 into it. 25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 61 (and 62 there will be no night there). 63 26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 64 of the nations 65 into it, 27 but 66 nothing ritually unclean 67 will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 68 or practices falsehood, 69 but only those whose names 70 are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
22 Then 1 the angel 2 showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out 3 from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 flowing down the middle of the city’s 4 main street. 5 On each side 6 of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds 7 of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. 8 Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 3 And there will no longer be any curse, 9 and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. 10 His 11 servants 12 will worship 13 him, 4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.
A Final Reminder
6 Then 14 the angel 15 said to me, “These words are reliable 16 and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants 17 what must happen soon.”
7 (Look! I am coming soon!
Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 18
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 19 and when I heard and saw them, 20 I threw myself down 21 to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 9 But 22 he said to me, “Do not do this! 23 I am a fellow servant 24 with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 25 the words of this book. Worship God!” 10 Then 26 he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, 27 and the one who is morally filthy 28 must continue to be filthy. The 29 one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”
12 (Look! I am coming soon,
and my reward is with me to pay 30 each one according to what he has done!
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the first and the last,
the beginning and the end!) 31
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 32 to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 33 and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 34
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star!” 35 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.
18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 36 in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 37 and in the holy city that are described in this book.
20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. 38