The Source of Life
1Then he showed me the river # Other mss read pure river of living water, # Jr 2:13; 17:13; Jn 4:10 sparkling like crystal, # Rv 4:6 flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb # Ps 46:4; Ezk 47:1-2; Jl 3:18; Zch 14:8 2down the middle of the broad street of the city. The tree of life # Or was a tree of life, or was a tree that gives life was on both sides of the river, bearing 12 kinds of fruit, producing its fruit every month. # Gn 2:9; 3:22,24; Pr 13:12 The leaves of the tree are for healing the nations, # Is 19:22; 57:19; 61:1; Jr 51:8-9; Zch 8:22-23; Mal 4:2; Mt 4:24; Jn 4:47; Ac 28:8 3and there will no longer be any curse. # Gn 3:14-19; Zch 14:11 The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, # Lit in it and His slaves will serve Him. 4They will see His face, # Ex 33:20,23; Ps 17:15; Mt 5:8; 1Jn 3:2 and His name will be on their foreheads. # Rv 7:3; 9:4; 13:16; 14:1,9; 17:5; 20:4 5Night will no longer exist, # Zch 14:7; Rv 21:25 and people will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will give them light. # Ps 56:13; 118:27; Is 60:19; 1Jn 1:5 And they will reign forever and ever.
The Time Is Near
6Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true. # Rv 3:14; 19:11; 21:5 And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, # Other mss read God of the holy prophets has sent His angel to show His slaves what must quickly take place.” # Or soon # Dn 2:28-29,45; Rv 1:1
7“Look, I am coming quickly! # Rv 3:11 The one who keeps the prophetic words of this book is blessed.” # Rv 1:3; 14:13; 19:9; 20:6; 22:14
8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown them to me. 9But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow slave with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” # Rv 19:10 10He also said to me, “Don’t seal the prophetic words of this book, because the time is near. # Is 8:16; Dn 8:26; 9:24; 12:4; Rv 1:3; 10:4 11Let the unrighteous go on in unrighteousness; let the filthy go on being made filthy; let the righteous go on in righteousness; and let the holy go on being made holy.” # Ezk 3:27; Dn 12:10
12“Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me # Is 40:10; 62:11 to repay each person according to what he has done. # Ps 62:12; Is 59:18; Jr 17:10; 25:14; Rm 2:6 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, # Rv 1:8 the First and the Last, # Rv 1:17 the Beginning and the End. # Rv 21:6
14“Blessed # Rv 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7 are those who wash their robes, # Other mss read who keep His commands so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 15Outside are the dogs, # Ps 22:16,20; Mt 15:26-27; Php 3:2 the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. # Rm 1:28-32; 1Co 6:9-10; Rv 21:8
16“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you # In Gk, you is pl for the churches. I am the Root # Rv 5:5 and the Offspring of David, # Is 11:1,10; Rm 1:3 the Bright Morning Star.” # Nm 24:17; Rv 2:28
17Both the Spirit and the bride say, “Come! ” Anyone who hears should say, “Come! ” And the one who is thirsty should come. Whoever desires should take the living water as a gift. # Is 55:1; Jn 4:10;
18I testify to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19And if anyone takes away from the words of this prophetic book, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, written in this book. # Dt 4:2; 12:32
20He who testifies about these things # Rv 1:2 says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! # 1Co 16:22
21The grace of the Lord Jesus # Other mss add Christ be with all the saints. # Other mss omit the saints Amen. # Other mss omit Amen.