Revelation 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the twelue gates were twelue pearles, euery seuerall gate was of one pearle, and the streete of the city was pure golde, as it were transparent glasse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the several gates was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the twelve doors were twelve pearls; every door was made of one pearl; and the street of the town was clear gold, as clear as glass.
- Basic English Bible

And the twelve gates, twelve pearls; each one of the gates, respectively, was of one pearl; and the street of the city pure gold, as transparent glass.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each of them consisting of a single pearl. And the main street of the city was made of pure gold, resembling transparent glass.
- Weymouth Bible

The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each one of the gates was made of one pearl. The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
- World English Bible

And twelue yatis ben twelue margaritis, bi ech; `and ech yate was of ech margarete. And the stretis of the citee weren clene gold, as of glas ful schynynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

And the twelve gates [are] twelve pearls, each several one of the gates was of one pearl; and the broad-place of the city [is] pure gold -- as transparent glass.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 21:21


Re 21:21 The twelve gates [were] twelve pearls. Each gate composed of a single pearl. The street of the city [was] pure gold. The streets were paved with pure gold. As it were transparent glass. Transparency is the symbol of purity.

Discussion for Revelation 21:21

  • P s naidoo for verse 21
    I belive that the 12 gates and the pearl are one and the same it represent the 12 tribe of Isreal whom God chose to be his pride and special posession
  • Lucinda Essin for verse 21
    Pearls are a precious stone created by a small animal going through great friction with a grain of sand I believe they are a reminder of the great suffering of Christ that granted us access to that city The streets of gold represent the riches of God and as transparent as glass refers to his purity The fine and precious stones remind us of his creativity in creating beauty all around him and the light that comes from him to illuminate the city is from His power and goodness God s character is shown in the description of heaven He is an awesome provider and giver of good gifts to his children
  • BONNIE SHEETS for verse 21
    I think that the pearls represent twelve women in the Bible. Like the mother of pearls. It might be far fetched but it makes sense to me.
  • Calista for verse 21
    I belive it is trying to show what belivers will see "the sights"

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