A New Heaven and a New Earth
1Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”21:1 Isaiah 65:17 for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’21:4 Isaiah 25:8 or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb
9One 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.” 10And 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. 11It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It 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. 13There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia21:16 That is, about 1,400 miles or about 2,200 kilometers in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits21:17 That is, about 200 feet or about 65 meters thick.21:17 Or high 18The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.21:20 The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain. 21The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
22I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
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Kumwamba ndi Dziko Lapansi Zatsopano
1Kenaka ndinaona kumwamba kwatsopano ndi dziko lapansi latsopano pakuti kumwamba koyamba ndi dziko lapansi loyamba zinapita ndipo kunalibenso nyanja ina iliyonse. 2Ndinaona mzinda wopatulika, Yerusalemu watsopano, ukutsika kuchokera kumwamba kwa Mulungu, utakonzedwa ngati mkwatibwi wovala zokongola kukonzekera mwamuna wake. 3Ndipo ndinamva mawu ofuwula kuchokera ku Mpando Waufumu kuti, “Taonani! Malo wokhalapo Mulungu ali pakati pa anthu, ndipo Iye adzakhala ndi anthuwo. Iwo adzakhala anthu ake ndipo Mulungu mwini adzakhala nawo nakhala Mulungu wawo. 4‘Mulungu adzapukuta misozi yonse mʼmaso mwawo. Sikudzakhalanso imfa kapena kukhuza maliro kapena kulira kapena ululu popeza zakale zapita.’ ”
5Amene anakhala pa mpando waufumuyo anati, “Ndikulenga zinthu zonse zikhale zatsopano!” Ndipo anati, “Lemba izi, pakuti mawu awa ndi okhulupirika ndi woona.”
6Iye anandiwuza kuti, “Kwatha. Ine ndine Alefa ndi Omega, Woyamba ndi Wotsiriza. Kwa onse akumva ludzu, ndidzawapatsa zakumwa zaulere zochokera ku kasupe wamadzi amoyo. 7Iye amene adzapambane adzalandira zonsezi, ndipo ndidzakhala Mulungu wake ndi Iye adzakhala mwana wanga. 8Koma amantha, osakhulupirira, okonda zonyansa, opha anthu, achiwerewere, amatsenga, opembedza mafano ndi abodza, malo awo adzakhala nyanja yamoto ya sulufule wotentha. Iyi ndi imfa yachiwiri.”
Mzinda wa Yerusalemu Watsopano
9Mmodzi wa angelo asanu ndi awiri aja, anali ndi mbale zisanu ndi ziwiri zodzaza ndi miliri yotsiriza isanu ndi iwiri anandiwuza kuti, “Bwera, ine ndidzakuonetsa mkwatibwi wa Mwana Wankhosa.” 10Ndipo anandinyamula mwa Mzimu Woyera kupita nane ku phiri lalikulu ndi lalitali nandionetsa mzinda wopatulika, Yerusalemu ukutsika kuchokera kumwamba kwa Mulungu. 11Unawala ndi ulemerero wa Mulungu, ndipo kuthwanima kwake kunali ngati mwala wamtengowapatali, ngati jasipa; woyera ngati krustalo. 12Mzindawo unali ndi mpanda waukulu ndi wautali, unali ndi zipata khumi ndi ziwiri, ndipo panali angelo khumi ndi awiri. Pa chipata chilichonse panayima mngelo. Pa chipata chilichonse panalembedwa dzina la fuko la Israeli. 13Kummawa kunali zipata zitatu, kumpoto zitatu, kummwera zitatu ndi kumadzulo zitatu. 14Mpanda wa mzindawu unali ndi maziko khumi ndi awiri ndipo pa mazikopo panali mayina khumi ndi awiri a atumwi a Mwana Wankhosa.
15Mngelo amene ankayankhula nane uja anali ndi ndodo yagolide yoyezera mzindawo, zipata zake ndi mpanda wake. 16Mzindawo unamangidwa mofanana kutalika kwake, mulitali ndi mulifupi munali mofanana. Anayeza mzindawo ndi ndodo ija ndipo anapeza kuti mulitali, mulifupi ndi msinkhu wake kutalika kwake kunali makilomita 2,200. 17Anayesa mpanda uja ndipo kuchindikala kwake kunali kopitirirapo mamita 65 monga mwa muyeso wa anthu umene mngelo anagwiritsa ntchito. 18Mpandawo unapangidwa ndi yasipa, ndipo mzindawo unali wagolide oyengeka owala ngati galasi. 19Maziko a mpanda wa mzindawo anali okongoletsedwa ndi miyala yamtengowapatali ya mtundu uliwonse. Maziko oyamba anali yasipa, achiwiri anali safiro, achitatu ndi kalikedo, achinayi ndi simaragido, 20achisanu ndi sardiyo, achisanu ndi chiwiri ndi krusolito, achisanu ndi chitatu ndi berulo, achisanu ndi chinayi ndi topaziyo, a khumi ndi krusoprazo, a khumi ndi chimodzi ndi huakito, a khumi ndi chiwiri ndi emetusto. 21Zipata khumi ndi ziwiri zija zinapangidwa ndi ngale, chipata chilichonse chinapangidwa ndi ngale imodzi. Misewu ya mzindawo inali yopangidwa ndi golide oyengeka, owala ngati galasi.
22Ine sindinaone Nyumba ya Mulungu iliyonse mu mzindawo chifukwa Ambuye Mulungu Wamphamvuzonse ndi Mwana Wankhosa ndiwo Nyumba yake. 23Palibe chifukwa choti dzuwa kapena mwezi ziwale popeza mu mzindawo ulemerero wa Mulungu ndiwo umawalamo ndipo nyale yake ndi Mwana Wankhosa uja. 24Mitundu ya anthu idzayenda mʼkuwala kwake ndipo mafumu a dziko lapansi adzabweretsa ulemerero wawo mu mzindamo. 25Zipata zake sizidzatsekedwa ngakhale tsiku limodzi lomwe pakuti sikudzakhala usiku kumeneko. 26Ulemerero ndi ulemu wa mitundu ya anthu adzapita nazo kumeneko. 27Kanthu kosayeretsedwa sikadzalowamo, kuphatikizanso aliyense wochita zinthu zochititsa manyazi ndi zachinyengo, koma okhawo amene mayina awo alembedwa mʼbuku lamoyo la Mwana Wankhosa.