Revelation 21:15

“And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee that talked with mee, had a golden reede to measure the citie, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he that spake with me had for a measure a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he who was talking with me had a gold measuring-rod to take the measure of the town, and of its doors, and its wall.
- Basic English Bible

And he that spoke with me had a golden reed [as] a measure, that he might measure the city, and its gates, and its wall.
- Darby Bible

And he that talked with me, had a golden reed to measure the city, and its gates, and its wall.
- Webster's Bible

Now he who was speaking to me had a measuring-rod of gold, with which to measure the city and its gates and its wall.
- Weymouth Bible

He who spoke with me had for a measure, a golden reed, to measure the city, its gates, and its walls.
- World English Bible

And he that spak with me, hadde a goldun mesure of a rehed, that he schulde mete the citee, and the yatis of it, and the wal.
- Wycliffe Bible

And he who is speaking with me had a golden reed, that he may measure the city, and its gates, and its wall;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 21:15


21:15 And he measured the city, twelve thousand furlongs - Not in circumference, but on each of the four sides. Jerusalem was thirtythree furlongs in circumference; Alexandria thirty in length, ten in breadth. Nineveh is reported to have been four hundred furlongs round; Babylon four hundred and eighty. But what inconsiderable villages were all these compared to the new Jerusalem! By this measure is understood the greatness of the city, with the exact order and just proportion of every part of it; to show, figuratively, that this city was prepared for a great number of inhabitants, how small soever the number of real Christians may sometimes appear to be; and that everything relating to the happiness of that state was prepared with the greatest order and exactness. The city is twelve thousand furlongs high; the wall, an hundred and forty - four reeds. This is exactly the same height, only expressed in a different manner. The twelve thousand furlongs, being spoken absolutely, without any explanation, are common, human furlongs: the hundred forty - four reeds are not of common human length, but of angelic, abundantly larger than human. It is said, the measure of a man that is, of an angel because St. John saw the measuring angel in an human shape. The reed therefore was as great as was the stature of that human form in which the angel appeared. In treating of all these things a deep reverence is necessary; and so is a measure of spiritual wisdom; that we may neither understand them too literally and grossly, nor go too far from the natural force of the words. The gold, the pearls, the precious stones, the walls, foundations, gates, are undoubtedly figurative expressions; seeing the city itself is in glory, and the inhabitants of it have spiritual bodies: yet these spiritual bodies are also real bodies, and the city is an abode distinct from its inhabitants, and proportioned to them who take up a finite and a determinate space. The measures, therefore, above mentioned are real and determinate.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 21:15


Re 21:15 And he . . . had a golden reed to measure the city. The reed is a divine measure and the city is to correspond to the measure. The church is measured with a reed in Re 11:1. Both the earthly and the heavenly church must agree with the divine plan.

Discussion for Revelation 21

  • Terrence Charles
    leave it to God with pureness of heart
  • Terrence Charles
    I believe in the Most High God above all
  • BSP
    Verse 5: Jehovah God has promised that he will soon make all things new and in the Bible we find the many promises written down so that we can have hope.
  • Julzlie
    I love to see the House of my God it is made of FureGold, and we can walk to the transparent Glass........read acts 2: 38 then peter said unto them repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and yea shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. mark 16:16 He that Believeth and is Baptized shall be save ; but he that believeth not shall be domned.
  • A disciple
    "He that overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." When the Lord Jesus began to teach His disciples about the kingdom of heaven He was expounding on the same things as He was preaching in the Synagogues all across the Country. He was the Glad Tidings of Salvation come in the flesh, to give His life a ransom and save us from our sins and to teach us by word and example what we must do in order to be found worthy of really and finally obtaining the benefit. "If ye love me, keep my commandments and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever even the Spirit of truth.." We who believe in Jesus, love Him and we work out our salvation with fear and trembling, to stay true to Him, and to be a light for others to see Jesus in us. God made us to be His children. Sin has polluted our conscience, marred the image of God in our character, and made us unfit for His presence. Sin brought us death, and works out death in us. The Lord Jesus Christ was manifested to take away our sins and reconcile us to God and has given us His Spirit into our hearts to help us do the work of changing into that man or woman after God's own heart, as He originally intended for us to be.
  • I AM
    Behold, I make all things new.

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