Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and there was no sea anymore.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride dressed for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Now God's presence is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone."
The One who was sitting on the throne said, "Look! I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted."
The One on the throne said to me, "It is finished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give free water from the spring of the water of life to anyone who is thirsty.
Those who win the victory will receive this, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
But cowards, those who refuse to believe, who do evil things, who kill, who sin sexually, who do evil magic, who worship idols, and who tell lies -- all these will have a place in the lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last troubles came to me, saying, "Come with me, and I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."
And the angel carried me away by the Spirit to a very large and high mountain. He showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
It was shining with the glory of God and was bright like a very expensive jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
The city had a great high wall with twelve gates with twelve angels at the gates, and on each gate was written the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south, and three on the west.
The walls of the city were built on twelve foundation stones, and on the stones were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod made of gold to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
The city was built in a square, and its length was equal to its width. The angel measured the city with the rod. The city was twelve thousand stadian long, twelve thousand stadia wide, and twelve thousand stadia high.
The angel also measured the wall. It was one hundred forty-four cubitsn high, by human measurements, which the angel was using.
The wall was made of jasper, and the city was made of pure gold, as pure as glass.
The foundation stones of the city walls were decorated with every kind of jewel. The first foundation was jasper, the second was sapphire, the third was chalcedony, the fourth was emerald,
the fifth was onyx, the sixth was carnelian, the seventh was chrysolite, the eighth was beryl, the ninth was topaz, the tenth was chrysoprase, the eleventh was jacinth, and the twelfth was amethyst.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate having been made from a single pearl. And the street of the city was made of pure gold as clear as glass.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the city's temple.
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God is its light, and the Lamb is the city's lamp.
By its light the people of the world will walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
The city's gates will never be shut on any day, because there is no night there.
The glory and the honor of the nations will be brought into it.
Nothing unclean and no one who does shameful things or tells lies will ever go into it. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life will enter the city.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.