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Revelation 21:17 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

17. he measured the wall ] We should naturally understand, the height of it. The walls of the historical Babylon are differently stated as having been 200, 300, or nearly 340 feet high. But we are told that they were about 80 feet in breadth (Hdt. I. 178:5: cf. Jer 51:58): so if we do admit that the City here is conceived as 340 miles high, there is a sort of proportion in making its walls not less than 73 yards thick.

according to … the angel ] Rather, of an angel. Angels use, he means, a cubit of the same length as men viz. the average length of the forearm, from the elbow to the finger-tip. It is perhaps implied, that angels are not of superhuman stature.

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Revelation 21:17 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:17 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 21:17 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 21:17 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:17 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 21:17 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:17 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:17 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 21:17 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 21:17 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 21:17 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 21:17 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 21:17 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 21:17 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 21:17 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 21:17 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Revelation 21:17 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:17 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 21:17 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Revelation 21:17 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 21:17 - Combined Bible Commentary

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