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Revelation 22
2 Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations. 3 There shall no longer exist there anything that is accursed (detestable, foul, offensive, impure, hateful, or horrible). But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him . 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities). 6 And he said to me, These statements are reliable (worthy of confidence) and genuine (true). And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His messenger (angel) to make known and exhibit to His servants what must soon come to pass. 7 And behold, I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon.to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this book. 8 And I, John, am he who heard and witnessed these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell prostrate before the feet of the messenger (angel) who showed them to me, to worship him. 9 But he said to me, Refrain! I am a fellow servant along with yourself and with your brethren the prophets and with those who are mindful of and practice the messages of this book. Worship God! 10 And he told me, Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book and make no secret of them, for the time Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.when things are brought to a crisis and the period of their fulfillment is near. 11 He who is unrighteous (unjust, wicked), let him be unrighteous still; and he who is filthy (vile, impure), let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous (just, upright, in right standing with God), let him do right still; and he who is holy, let him be holy still. 12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all). 14 Blessed (happy and Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon.to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city. 15 without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating). 16 I, Jesus, have sent My messenger (angel) to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things for the churches (assemblies). I am the Root (the Source) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and brilliant Morning Star. 17 The Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty ; and whoever desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost. 18 I warn everyone who listens to the statements of the prophecy in this book: If anyone shall add anything to them, God will add and lay upon him the plagues (the afflictions and the calamities) that are recorded and described in this book. 19 And if anyone cancels or takes away from the statements of the book of this prophecy , God will cancel and take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the city of holiness (purity and hallowedness), which are described and promised in this book. 20 He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says, Yes (it is true). I am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be Some manuscripts have ``be with all," while others have ``be with the saints."with all the saints (God's holy people, Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.those set apart for God, to be, as it were, exclusively His). Amen (so let it be)!