Revelation 22

The River of Life

1 And he showed me a a 1 pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 b In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was c the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were d for the healing of the nations. 3 And e there shall be no more curse, f but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His g servants shall serve Him. 4 h They shall see His face, and i His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 j There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor k light of the sun, for l the Lord God gives them light. m And they shall reign forever and ever.

Jesus Is Coming

6 Then he said to me, n "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the 2 holy prophets o sent His angel to show His servants the things which must p shortly take place.

7 q "Behold, I am coming quickly! r Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

8 Now I, John, 3 saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, s I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, t "See that you do not do that. 4 For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."

10 u And he said to me, "Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, v for the time is at hand. 11 "He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him 5 be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still."

12 "And behold, I am coming quickly, and w My reward is with Me, x to give to every one according to his work. 13 y "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the 6 Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."

14 z Blessed are those who 7 do His commandments, that they may have the right a to the tree of life, b and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 8 But c outside are d dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

16 e "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. f I am the Root and the Offspring of David, g the Bright and Morning Star."

17 And the Spirit and h the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" i And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

18 9 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: j If anyone adds to these things, 10 God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, k God 11 shall take away his part from the 12 Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be 13 with you all. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 12:3
    May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things.
    Psalms 73:8
    They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 120:2
    Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips And from a deceitful tongue.
    Psalms 120:3
    What shall be given to you, Or what shall be done to you, You false tongue?
    Proverbs 16:27
    An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 12:36
    But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
    Matthew 15:11
    "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."
    Matthew 15:18
    But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 140:3
    They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah
    Ecclesiastes 10:11
    A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; The babbler is no different.
    Romans 3:13
    Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips".
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 1:26
    Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
    Genesis 5:1
    This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
    Genesis 9:6
    Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.
    1 Corinthians 11:7
    For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 7:16 - 20
    You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
  7. Cross References
    Galatians 6:4
    But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 13:13
    Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
  9. Cross References
    Romans 2:17
    Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God.
  10. Cross References
    Philippians 3:19
    Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame - who set their mind on earthly things.
  11. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:3
    For you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:6
    However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
    1 Corinthians 2:7
    But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.
  13. Cross References
    James 2:1
    My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
  14. Cross References
    Romans 12:9
    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
    2 Corinthians 6:6
    By purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love.
    1 Peter 1:22
    Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
  15. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:18
    The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who ...
    Isaiah 32:17
    The work of righteousness will be peace, And th...
    Hosea 10:12
    Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy...
    Amos 6:12
    Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there wit...
    Galatians 6:8
    For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh ...
    Philippians 1:11
    Being filled with the fruits of righteousness w...
  16. Cross References
    Romans 7:23
    But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
    Galatians 5:17
    For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
    1 Peter 2:11
    Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.
  17. Cross References
    Job 27:8
    For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
    Job 27:9
    Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 66:18
    If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
  19. Cross References
    Romans 8:7
    Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
    1 John 2:15
    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
  20. Cross References
    Galatians 1:4
    Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
  21. Cross References
    Genesis 6:5
    Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
  22. Cross References
    Job 22:29
    When they cast you down, and you say, 'Exaltation will come! ' Then He will save the humble person.
    Psalms 138:6
    Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.
    Proverbs 3:34
    Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
    Matthew 23:12
    And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
    1 Peter 5:5
    Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.
  23. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:27
    Nor give place to the devil.
    Ephesians 6:11
    Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    1 Peter 5:8
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
  24. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 15:2
    And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: "Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
    Zechariah 1:3
    Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Return to Me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts.
    Malachi 3:7
    Yet from the days of your fathers You have gone away from My ordinances And have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," Says the LORD of hosts. "But you said, 'In what way shall we return?
    Hebrews 7:19
    For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
  25. Cross References
    Job 17:9
    Yet the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.
    Isaiah 1:16
    Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil.
    1 Timothy 2:8
    I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
  26. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:14
    O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?
    James 3:17
    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
    1 Peter 1:22
    Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
    1 John 3:3
    And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
  27. Cross References
    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
  28. Cross References
    Job 22:29
    When they cast you down, and you say, 'Exaltation will come! ' Then He will save the humble person.
    Luke 14:11
    "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
    Luke 18:14
    "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
    1 Peter 5:6
    Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
  29. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 12:20
    For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults.
    Ephesians 4:31
    Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
    James 5:9
    Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
    1 Peter 2:1 - 3
    Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.
  30. Cross References
    Matthew 7:1 - 5
    Judge not, that you be not judged.
    Romans 14:4
    Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
  31. Cross References
    Matthew 10:28
    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
  32. Cross References
    Romans 14:4
    Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
  33. Cross References
    Job 7:7
    Oh, remember that my life is a breath! My eye will never again see good.
    Psalms 102:3
    For my days are consumed like smoke, And my bones are burned like a hearth.
    1 Peter 1:24
    Because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away.
  34. Cross References
    Acts 18:21
    But took leave of them, saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing." And he sailed from Ephesus.
    1 Corinthians 4:19
    But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
  35. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 5:6
    Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
  36. Cross References
    Luke 12:47
    And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
    John 9:41
    Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.
    2 Peter 2:21
    For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
  37. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:28
    He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
    Luke 6:24
    But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
    1 Timothy 6:9
    But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
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