The New Jerusalem
Then one of r the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, "Come, I will show you s the bride, the Lamb's wife."
And he carried me away t in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me u the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
v having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
Also she had a great and high wall with w twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
x three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and y on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
And he who talked with me z had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
a The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation wa s jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
The twelve gates were twelve b pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. c And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
d But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
e The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
f And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
g Its gates shall not be shut at all by day h (there shall be no night there).
i And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.
But j there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's k Book of Life.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
He who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Matthew 7:21 - 23
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
Matthew 21:28 - 32
"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'
For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.
He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.
1 John 3:17
But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.
1 Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.
Genesis 22:16 - 18
And said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son -
Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.
They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
2 Chronicles 20:7
Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend.
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.
You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?
1 Timothy 1:7
Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
1 Kings 8:46
When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near.
Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
Matthew 12:34 - 37
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
James 3:2 - 12
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.