"Do not harm1 the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads2 of the servants of our God."
Then I heard the number3 of those who were sealed: 144,0004 from all the tribes of Israel.
From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language,5 standing before the throne6 and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes7 and were holding palm branches in their hands.
And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God,8 who sits on the throne,9 and to the Lamb."
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders10 and the four living creatures.11 They fell down on their faces12 before the throne and worshiped God,
saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"1313
Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes14--who are they, and where did they come from?"