Modern Literal Version
[Revelation 21]

     21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for* the first heaven and the first earth went, and there is no sea anymore. 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having been prepared as a bride adorned for* her husband. 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and he will be residing with them and they will be his people and God will be with them. 21:4 And he will be wiping-away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no death anymore. There will be no mourning, no outcrying, no pain anymore because the first things went away.

     21:5 And he who sits upon the throne said, Behold, I am making* all things new. And he says to me, Write, because these are the true and faithful words.21:6 And he said to me, I have become the Alpha and the Omega, I am the beginning and the end. I will be giving freely to the one who is thirsty out of the spring of the water of life. 21:7He who overcomes will be inheriting these things, and I will be his God and he will be a son to me.

     21:8But to the cowardly and unbelieving and sinners and detestable and murderers and fornicators and sorcerers and idolaters and to all the false witnesses, their part will be in the lake which is burning with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.

     21:9 And one out of the seven messengers who have the seven bowls being full of the last seven wounds came and spoke with me, saying, Come-here. I will be showing you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a mountain great and high and showed me the great holy city Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 21:11 having the glory of God. Her illumination was similar to a precious stone, like a crystal-like jasper stone, 21:12 having a great and high wall, having twelve gates and twelve messengers upon the gates, and names have been written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 21:13 Three gates were from the rising {i.e. east} and three gates were from the north, and three gates were from the south, and three gates were from the west. 21:14 And the wall of the city has twelve foundations and on them twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 21:15 And he, speaking with me, was holding a measure, a golden reed, in order that he might measure the city and her gates and her wall. 21:16 And the four cornered city is laid, and the length is as the width and he measured the city with the reed in furlongs, twelve thousand and twelve furlongs, the length and the width and her height are equal {I.e. a 1380 mile cube, approximately 1/10 the size of the earth by volume if literal}. 21:17 And he measured her wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, which is, of a messenger. 21:18 And the structure of her wall was jasper and the city was purest gold, similar to purest glass. 21:19 The foundations of the wall of the city have been adorned with every precious stone. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 21:20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, carnelian; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, hyacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls apiece; each one of the gates was from one pearl, respectively and the street of the city was purest gold like transparent glass. 21:22 And I saw no temple in it; for* the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are her temple. 21:23 And the city has no need of the sun, neither of the moon, in order that they should appear in it; for* the glory of God illuminated it and her lamp is the Lamb. 21:24 And the nations will be walking in her light and the kings of the earth bring glory to him and the honor of the nations into it. 21:25 And her gates should never be locked by day (for* there will be no night there). 21:26 And they will be bringing the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 21:27 And every desecrated thing or anyone practicing an abomination and a lie should never enter into it; except those who have been written in the Lamb's Book of Life may enter into it.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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