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,1 standing before the throne2 and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes3 and were holding palm branches in their hands.
And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God,4 who sits on the throne,5 and to the Lamb."
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders6 and the four living creatures.7 They fell down on their faces8 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!"913
Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes10--who are they, and where did they come from?"
I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes11 and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.1215
Therefore, "they are before the throne of God13 and serve him14 day and night in his temple;15 and he who sits on the throne16 will spread his tent over them.1716
Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.18 The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.19