Revelation 21:11

11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

Revelation 21:11 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
English Standard Version (ESV)
11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
New Living Translation (NLT)
11 It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal.
The Message Bible (MSG)
11 resplendent in the bright glory of God.
American Standard Version (ASV)
11 having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious, as it were a jasper stone, clear as crystal:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
11 It had the glory of God. Its light was like a valuable gem, like gray quartz, as clear as crystal.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
11 arrayed with God's glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone, like a jasper stone, bright as crystal.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
11 It shone with the glory of God. It gleamed like a very valuable jewel. It was like a jasper, as clear as crystal.

Revelation 21:11 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 21:11

Having the glory of God
Not only upon their souls, which will lie in the glorious robe of Christ's righteousness, the bride's wedding garment being on them, in the perfect holiness which will be in them, and in that complete knowledge of all spiritual and heavenly things they will be possessed of, they will have a glory revealed in them; but upon their bodies also, for this city, the church, the bride of Christ, will consist only of risen and changed saints, whose bodies will be freed from all dishonour; deformity, diseases, and imperfections, and will be made like unto Christ's glorious body, and will shine like the sun in the kingdom of God. Moreover, the presence of God may be intended by his glory, as the Shechinah, or the divine majesty of God in the tabernacle and temple was called, ( Exodus 40:35 ) ( 1 Kings 8:11 ) for the glorious presence of God will now be in this church state, which will cast a lustre on all that are in it; for if the face of Moses, and of Stephen, shone so bright and glorious, through the presence of God with them; see ( 2 Corinthians 3:7 ) ( Acts 6:15 ) how much more gloriously will the saints shine in this state, when they shall enjoy the presence of God in a far more illustrious manner? to which may be added, that Jesus Christ, who is the brightness of his Father's glory, will now appear in that, and in his own, and in the glory of his angels; and all the saints will appear with him in glory; and to see them in all this glory is a glorious sight indeed!

And her light was like unto a stone most precious;
by her "light" is not meant the light she will have in her, though that will be exceeding great, but the fountain of it from whence it comes; that which holds it forth to her, and supplies her with it: the word (fwsthr) signifies an illuminator, and is used of the ministers of the Gospel, that hold forth the word of life and light to others, ( Philippians 2:15 Philippians 2:16 ) but here it intends Christ, who is the sun of righteousness, the church's light or enlightener, ( Revelation 21:23 ) not with the light of nature, as he enlightens every man, nor with the light of grace, with which the saints are enlightened by him in the present state of things, by his Spirit, through the word and ordinances, but with the light of glory: and he is comparable to the most precious stone; he is more precious than rubies; he is so now to them that believe, in his person, offices, grace, and righteousness, and will be more so in his light and glory in the new Jerusalem state:

even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal:
God the Father, who sits on the throne, is said to be to look upon like a "jasper"; (See Gill on Revelation 4:2); and here Christ, the illuminator of his church, is said to be like one, because of the exceeding brightness of this stone, and the durableness of it, expressive of the perpetuity of Christ, as the light of his church and people; he is the everlasting light of it, ( Isaiah 60:19 Isaiah 60:20 ) and he is compared to the crystallising "jasper". There is one sort which is called "Aerizusa", like to air {c}, and another "Crystallizusa" F4, clear as crystal. So Pliny speaks F5 of a white "jasper" called "Astrios", and which, he says, is crystallo propinquans, "near to crystal", found in India, and on the shores of Pallene. To this Christ is like, because he is light itself, and in him is no darkness at all, and will cause an everlasting day; and such a clear and bright state of things, as that there will be no night, nor any more darkness, nothing but everlasting joy, peace, prosperity, and happiness; there seems to be some reference to ( Isaiah 60:1 Isaiah 60:19 Isaiah 60:20 ) .


F3 Ruaeus de Gemmis, l. 2. c. 1.
F4 Dioscorides, l. 5. c. 160.
F5 Nat. Hist. l. 37. c. 9.

Revelation 21:11 In-Context

9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 23; Isaiah 60:1,2; Ezekiel 43:2; Revelation 15:8; Revelation 22:5
  • 2. ver 18,19; Revelation 4:3
  • 3. Revelation 4:6
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