1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
John and the angel
6The angel said to me, ‘These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.’
7‘Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.’
8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. 9But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!’
10Then he told me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.’
Epilogue: invitation and warning
12‘Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
14‘Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15Outside are the dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.
16‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you#The Greek is plural. this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’
17The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
18I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
20He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
Footnotes for the Book of Revelation
a 1 Or messenger; also in verses 8, 12 and 18
b 27 Psalm 2:9
a 5 That is, the sevenfold Spirit
b 8 Isaiah 6:3
a 6 Greek a denarius
b 11 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 12:10; 19:10.
c 16 See Hosea 10:8.
d 17 Some manuscripts his
a 11 Wormwood is a bitter substance.
a 4 See Zech. 4:3,11,14.
b 11 Or Spirit (see Ezek. 37:5,14)
a 1 Some manuscripts And I
b 8 Or written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain
c 10 Some manuscripts anyone kills
d 10 Jer. 15:2
e 18 Or is humanity’s number
a 3 Some manuscripts ages
b 3,4 Phrases in this song are drawn from Psalm 111:2,3; Deut. 32:4; Jer. 10:7; Psalms 86:9; 98:2.
a 15 Psalm 2:9
a 1 Isaiah 65:17
b 4 Isaiah 25:8
c 16 That is, about 1,400 miles or about 2,200 kilometres
d 17 That is, about 65 metres
e 17 Or high
f 20 The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.