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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.

Consult other comments:

Revelation 21:3 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:3 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Revelation 21:3 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 21:3 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:3 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 21:3 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:3 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:3 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Revelation 21:3 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 21:3 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 21:3 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 21:3 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 21:3 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 21:3 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Revelation 21:3 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 21:3 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Revelation 21:3 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Revelation 21:3 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 21:3 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 21:3 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 21:3 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:3 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 21:3 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Revelation 21:3 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 21:3 - Combined Bible Commentary

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges