Revelation 21:12

“And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And had a wall great and high, and had twelue gates, and at the gates twelue Angels, & names written thereon, which are the names of the twelue tribes of the children of Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names {were} written on them, which are {the names} of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

having a wall great and high; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written thereon, which are `the names' of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
- American Standard Version (1901)

She had a wall great and high, with twelve doors, and at the doors twelve angels; and names on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
- Basic English Bible

having a great and high wall; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are those of the twelve tribes of [the] sons of Israel.
- Darby Bible

And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
- Webster's Bible

It has a wall, massive and high, with twelve large gates, and in charge of the gates were twelve angels. And overhead, above the gates, names were inscribed which are those of the twelve tribes of the descendants of Israel.
- Weymouth Bible

having a great and high wall; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
- World English Bible

And it hadde a walle greet and hiy, hauynge twelue yatis, and in the yatis of it twelue aungels, and names writun in, that ben the names of twelue lynagis of the sones of Israel; fro the east thre yatis,
- Wycliffe Bible

having also a wall great and high, having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve messengers, and names written thereon, which are [those] of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 21:12


21:12 Twelve angels - Still waiting upon the heirs of salvation.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 21:12


Re 21:12 Twelve gates. As many as there were tribes and apostles. Twelve angels. As gate-keepers to prevent the unclean from entrance. Names written thereon. The names of the twelve tribes of Israel. These were typical of the true Israel, the saints, and shows that all who belong to the true Israel will enter.

Discussion for Revelation 21

  • Cheryl Hughes
    This is such a beautiful chapter...ever since I have read the Bible I keep loving this chapter because this is always the way things should have been,very hopeful.
  • Rodion Ponomariev
    Chapter 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
  • Florian M
    The chapter presents the status after "the end": 1. A new haven and a new earth v.1
    2. The Bride "the New Jerusalem", coming down from heaven where She was raptured.
    The Bride is One who has the teachings of apostles and profets, represented by 12 apostles and 12 tribes of Israel.
  • Randy fortner
    I think if a lot of people would read chapter 21 of revelations and take it at what it says ! then if the people would read in Gods own word that no one will go up into heaven but that heaven will come down ! then people would know where their life is going.
  • Priscilla
    My favorite chapter in the Bible
  • Rev. LeeCoy
    This chapter in Revelation touches an important aspect of our Christian journey: Enduring to the end Longsuffering and ultimately Victory. For verse 7 states clearly: He that overcometh shall inherit all things and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.

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