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Revelation 21:2 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

The New Jerusalem, Rev 21:2

2. And I John saw ] Read simply, and I saw.

new Jerusalem ] For the old Jerusalem, though we saw (Rev 20:9, and note) that it is to be again “a holy city” in the last days as of old, will have passed away with “the first earth.”

coming down from God out of heaven ] Transpose the two clauses, out of heaven from God. This is the New Jerusalem of which the earthly city is an imperfect copy; see on Rev 4:6, Rev 6:9 for the heavenly Temple. While this world lasts, this true Jerusalem is above (Gal 4:26); and we only know its nature from the earthly copy of it, before Christ came, and the spiritual approach to it (Heb 12:22) since. But in the days here described, it will be realised on earth in all its perfection.

prepared ] The building and arrangements of the city serve the same purpose as the dress and ornaments of a bride. Cf. Isa 61:10.

as a bride ] See Rev 19:7, and notes thereon.

adorned &c.] Isa 61:10.

Consult other comments:

Revelation 21:2 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Revelation 21:2 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:2 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 21:2 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:2 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 21:2 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:2 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:2 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Revelation 21:2 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 21:2 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 21:2 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 21:2 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 21:2 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 21:2 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Revelation 21:2 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 21:2 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Revelation 21:2 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 21:2 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 21:2 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 21:2 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:2 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 21:2 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Revelation 21:2 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 21:2 - Combined Bible Commentary

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges