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

  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    Mark 12:24-26- we will be like angels(spiritual bodies) and will know, and love those we did. God wouldn't take that from us, but life and relationships will be different from what we comprehend. We can't. Carnal (flesh) thought will be replaced with righteous understanding and pure love, like God's for us (in Heb. called HABAB) It'll be beautiful to say the least.
  • Irene123
    To Priscilla on Rev.21 -- Read Acts ch. 2, but PRAY first for Jesus to open your (spiritual) eyes. Take note of vs. 37-38.
  • Curt
    As far as gender in heaven, Paul taught the saints in Corinth that "ye shall be my sons and daughters" (2 Corinthians 6:18). This is very similar to what these verses teach and demonstrate that gender is consistent with what we experience on earth. There will be Sons and Daughters.
  • BB
    Mike Kim, that is a very interesting subject. Rev. 21:7 indicates exactly what you said. I have often considered and wondered the answer to the gender question as it will be in heaven. I tend to think there will be no gender difference between us as spiritual beings but still wonder. We will be like him!
  • Priscilla
    Well,, I'm thinking these chapter are talking about who will enter heaven,, am i right or wrong????seeking help
  • JJ
    Male or female distinction is not made. Those who have a heavenly hope await "release from their bodies" Romans 8:23, resurrected as spirit sons of God. And those that will live on paradise on earth (Psalm 37:11), will have earthly human, male/female bodies.

    2 Peter 3:13 "But there are a new heaven and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise..."

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