¶ And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven
vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come
hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
.10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
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One of the seven angels ... plagues As in re1701.
See note 9.
9 - Wife Compare v2, re1907.
10 - Carried ... in the spirit In vision; note 10.
10 - Glory Of the divine presence ex4034, 1ki0810.
11 - Light From phoster, a light-giving body. See the word in ph0215.
11 - Stone In contrast, the prostitute woman was arrayed in jewelry re1704. See note 11.
| 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.
- Wall great and high Compare ez4835.
12 - Twelve gates ... angels ... tribes See note 12 and ez4831. The direction of the walls of the temple shown to Ezekiel are in a different order, beginning with the east ez4301. Perhaps the event at the east gate is to be emphasized here.
12 - Twelve See comments about the significance of the number twelve at re0705.
14 - Foundations Compare ep0219 and see note 13.
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the
gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
.16 And the city lieth 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.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
- Golden reed See note 15.
16 - Foursquare ... equal That is "perfect." See note 16. Compare ex3623.
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure
gold, like unto 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, chrysolite; 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 several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
- Wall ... jasper ... gold Note
19 - First foundation was jasper ... Beginning with v18 we are given more details. For a discussion of the various layers see note 20.
19 - Sapphire The Greek sappherios occurs only here in the NT. See it in the OT at ex2410 and links.
21 - Gates ... streetNote 21.
And I saw no temple therein: 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: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
- Temple From naos which does not include the court. Otherwise
the word is hieron. lu0246,
For no temple, see note
23 - No need ... sun Note 23.
| 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.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
- Nations It was God's plan from the beginning of sin that His people
spread the gospel. See note 24.
25 - Gates ... not be shut See note 25.
25 - No night We'll never be tired and need to sleep. Compare the moon at re1201.
26 - Bring glory ... of the nations into it Reflecting on the neglect of God's chosen people. And what about you and me? Do we let the devil frighten us and leave witnessing to someone else?
|.27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.||Is your name in the book? See note 27.|