Revelation 21:12 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
12. and had ] Lit. having; but there is a break in the construction, at least as marked as that given by the A. V.
a wall great and high ] Its exact height is stated in Rev 21:17.
twelve gates … Israel ] So Eze 48:31-34. Probably the order of the names on the gates would be the same as there; but the order can hardly be pressed as important, since it is quite different from that of the foursquare encampment in the wilderness, Numbers 2. The 12 gates of heaven in Enoch xxxiii xxxv. do not really present a very close parallel to these.
twelve angels ] As porters and sentinels. Such officers are in keeping with the image of a well-ordered city, though in fact neither they, nor walls and gates, are practically needed in this City of Peace.
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The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges is a biblical commentary set published in parts by Cambridge University Press from 1882 onwards. Anglican bishop John Perowne was the general editor. The first section published was written by theologian Thomas Kelly Cheyne and covered the Book of Micah.
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