Revelation 21:3 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
A Voice from Heaven of Blessing and Judgement, Rev 21:3-8
3. out of heaven ] Read, out of the Throne; cf. Rev 19:5.
the tabernacle of God ] i.e. the Shechinah, the divine Presence, see on Rev 7:15. So in the next words,
he will dwell with them ] Lit., have His tabernacle with them, the verb being the same as in St John’s Gospel Joh 1:14; though the prepositions “among” and “with” are different.
his people ] The word is a plural: peoples, though used in modern English, at least as a Gallicism, is scarcely (see however Rev 10:11, Rev 17:15) admitted in the English of the A. V. It would not do to translate “His nations,” for in Hellenistic language, representing O. T. usage, “the nations” means Gentiles, and “the people” Israel. Here therefore the use of this word in the plural has a special significance: all nations shall be God’s people, in the sense that one nation only has been hitherto.
( and be) their God ] There is considerable authority for the omission of this clause. If it be retained, it is a question of taste whether to insert the words in brackets, or to render “God Himself, their own God, shall be with them” something like Psa 67:6. There may be a reminiscence of the name Immanuel: there certainly is of Jer 24:7 &c.; Eze 11:20 &c.; Zec 8:8, whether on St John’s part or only on that of his copyists.
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