1 Then1 the angel2 showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out3 from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 flowing down the middle of the city’s4 main street.5 On each side6 of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds7 of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year.8 Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 3 And there will no longer be any curse,9 and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city.10 His11 servants12 will worship13 him, 4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.
A Final Reminder
6 Then14 the angel15 said to me, “These words are reliable16 and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants17 what must happen soon.”
7 (Look! I am coming soon!
Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.)18
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things,19 and when I heard and saw them,20 I threw myself down21 to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 9 But22 he said to me, “Do not do this!23 I am a fellow servant24 with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey25 the words of this book. Worship God!” 10 Then26 he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 11 The evildoer must continue to do evil,27 and the one who is morally filthy28 must continue to be filthy. The29 one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”
12 (Look! I am coming soon,
and my reward is with me to pay30 each one according to what he has done!
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the first and the last,
the beginning and the end!)31
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access32 to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers33 and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood!34
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star!”35 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.
18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described36 in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life37 and in the holy city that are described in this book.
20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.38