¶ And I saw a new heaven, and a new earth. For the first heaven, and the first earth, were vanished away, and there was no more sea. And I Ihon saw that holy city new Ierusalem come down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride garnished for her husband. And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, neither crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the old things are gone. And he that sat upon the seat, said: Behold I make all things new. And he said unto me: write, for these words are faithful and true.
¶ And he said unto me: it is done I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end. I will give to him that is a thirst of the well of the water of life free. He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
¶ And there came unto me one of the vij. angels which had the vij. vials full of the vij. last plagues: and talked with me saying: come hither I will shew thee the bride, the lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and an high mountain, and he shewed me the great city, holy Ierusalem descending out of heaven from God, having the brightness of God. And her shining was like unto a stone most precious, even a Jasper clear as Crystal: and had walls great and high, and had xij gates, and at the gates xij angels: and names written, which are the xij tribes of Israell: on the east part iij gates, and on the north side iij gates, and towards the south iij gates, and from the west iij gates: and the wall of the city had xij foundations, and in them the names of the lamb's .xij. Apostles.
¶ And he that talked with me, had a golden reed to measure the city withall and the gates thereof and the wall thereof. And the city was built iiij. square, and the length was as large as the breadth of it, and he measured the city with the reed xijM. furlongs: and the length, and the breadth, and the height of it, were equal. And he measured the wall thereof an cxliiij. cubits: the measure that the angel had was after the measure that man useth. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper. And the city was pure gold like unto clear glass and the foundations of the wall of the city was garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third a chalcedony, the fourth an emerald: the fifth sardonyx: the sixth sardeos: the seventh chrysolite: the eighth berall: the ninth a topas: the tenth a chrysoprasus: the eleventh a hyacinth: the twelfth an amethyst.
¶ The xij gates were xij pearls, every gate was of one pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, as thorow shining glass. And there was no temple therein. For the Lord God almighty and the lamb are the temple of it. and the city hath no need of the sun neither of the moon to lighten it. For the brightness of God did light it: and the lamb was the light of it. And the people which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory (and honour) unto it. And the gates of it are not shut by day. For there shall be no night there. (And in to it shall they bring the glory and honour of the nations) And there shall enter into it none unclean thing: neither whatsoever worketh abomination: or maketh lies: but they only which are written in the lamb's book of life.
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William Tyndale 1526