Revelation 21:1

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I saw a new heauen, and a new earth: for the first heauen, and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer {any} sea.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were gone; and there was no more sea.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea exists no more.
- Darby Bible

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away; and there was no more sea.
- Webster's Bible

And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth; for the first Heaven and the first earth were gone, and the sea no longer exists.
- Weymouth Bible

I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more.
- World English Bible

And Y sai newe heuene and newe erthe; for the firste heuene and the firste erthe wenten awei, and the see is not now.
- Wycliffe Bible

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth did pass away, and the sea is not any more;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 21:1


21:1 And I saw - So it runs, #Rev 19:11|, 20:1,4,11, in a succession. All these several representations follow one another in order: so the vision reaches into eternity. A new heaven and a new earth - After the resurrection and general judgment. St. John is not now describing a flourishing state of the church, but a new and eternal state of all things. For the first heaven and the first earth - Not only the lowest part of heaven, not only the solar system, but the whole ethereal heaven, with all its host, whether of planets or fixed stars, #Isai 34:4 Matt 24:29|. All the former things will be done away, that all may become new, verses #4|,5, 2Peter 3:10,12. Are passed away - But in the fourth verse it is said, are gone away. There the stronger word is used; for death, mourning, and sorrow go away all together: the former heaven and earth only pass away, giving place to the new heaven and the new earth.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 21:1


Re 21:1 The New Jerusalem SUMMARY OF REVELATION 21: The New Heaven and New Earth. The Bride, the Lamb's Wife. The City Coming Down Out of Heaven. Its Walls, Gates, Foundation. The City of Gold and Gates of Pearl. The Light of the City. Its Holiness. I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The Scriptures both of the Old and New Testament point to the destruction of the old earth when the Lord comes to judgment. See 2Pe 3:10. It is to undergo a purification and a renewal to fit it for the home of the saints in glory. The "old heavens and earth", which I understand to comprehend the old world and its order, so sadly out of joint, pass away at the time of the great judgment, and the old state of things shall be succeeded by a new order, both physical and moral. And there was no more sea. "And the sea is no more" (Revised Version). Whether this is to be understood literally, or whether it means that there shall be no barriers between the peoples, such as the sea interposes, is not certain.

Discussion for Revelation 21

  • Bible Reader JP
    LaVonne. Firstly, may peace be with you. Secondly, I haven't referred to any specialist literature on this, but couldn't it be that the 'day of the Lord' referred to in 2nd Peter 3, which is what you are referring to, could be taken and understood as a day so bad that it seemingly went on as if almost forever? Again, I'm trying to stress the use of apocalyptic language here. May God bless you.
  • Irene123
    People need to quit worrying about when the dead will rise and before or after this 'n that - and look to their own salvation.
  • LaVonne
    Bible Reader, What is must shortly come to pass? 2 Peter 3:8 One day is as a thousand years,
    a thousand years as one day with the LORD. How can any of these events have happened yet?
    When Christ comes the 2nd time every eye will see him. Rev 1-7 All of Rev is not apocalyptic
    It is not all doom
  • Bible Reader
    Hi LaVonne Re: Pat, I can understand why you might have reason to think these things described have not 'really' happened yet, but what about at the very start of the book where we are told they must shortly come to pass? Also, I don't think you are considering the sort of literature this is, it's apocalyptic. The book is often referred to as the Apocalypse of St. John.
  • LaVonne
    Hi Pat, All believers-saved mankind will be in the first resurrection. The rest of the dead will be
    raised after the 1,000 years are finished. Saved mankind from the first resurrection will reign
    with Christ for that 1,000 years. Rev 20:5,6. I take this scripture literally. Nothing like this has
    happened yet, the 1,000 years are yet to come, after the Tribulation and The Day of the LORD.
  • LaVonne
    Hi Pat, Rev 20 The believers-saved will be in the first resurrection. That is why they are
    blessed

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