Paradise Restored
1 And he showed me the river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming out from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2in the middle of its street, and on both sides of the river#Literally “of the river from here and from there” is the tree of life, producing twelve fruits—yielding its fruit according to every month—and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3And there will not be any curse any longer, and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his slaves will serve#Or “will worship” him, 4and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And night will not exist any longer, and they will not have need of the light of a lamp and the light#Some manuscripts have “of the light” of the sun, because the Lord God will give light to them, and they will reign forever and ever#Literally “for the ages of the ages”.
The Time of Fulfillment is Near
6And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true, and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his slaves the things which must take place in a short time.”
7“And behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8And I, John, am the one who heard and who saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed these things to me. 9And he said to me, “Do not do that!#Literally “do not see to it” I am your fellow slave, and of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” 10And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near! 11The one who does evil, let him do evil still, and the defiled, let him be defiled still, and the righteous, let him practice righteousness still, and the holy, let him be holy still.”
12“Behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to repay each one according to what his deeds are! 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14Blessed are the ones who wash their robes, so that their authority will be over the tree of life and they may enter into the city through the gates. 15Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the sexually immoral people and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone who loves and who practices falsehood.
16“I, Jesus, 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.”
An Invitation to Respond
17And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And the one who hears, let him say, “Come!” And the one who is thirsty, let him come. The one who wants, let him take the water of life freely.#Or “without cost”
A Final Warning
18I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. 19And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and from the holy city that are written in this book.
20The one who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.#Many manuscripts add “Amen”; some manuscripts add “the saints. Amen”
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