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Revelation 21:9 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

The Vision of the New Jerusalem, Rev 21:9 to Rev 22:5

The Measure of the City, Rev 21:9-17

9. And there came unto me &c.] As in Rev 17:1. “unto me” should be omitted, so that the sentence as far as “vials” is verbatim the same as there. The identical form of introduction emphasizes the contrast between Babylon and Jerusalem, the harlot and the bride.

full ] According to the correct text, this word is made to agree not with “the seven bowls” but with “the seven angels.” But probably it is a merely accidental grammatical inaccuracy of St John’s. There is a much worse “false concord” in Rev 14:19.

in the Spirit ] Rev 17:3, Rev 1:10. Cf. Eze 3:14.

to a great and high mountain ] Eze 40:2. The preposition rendered “to” plainly implies that St John was set on the mountain; whether the city occupied the mountain itself, or another site within view. In Ezek. l.c. the city apparently occupies the southern slope of the mountain, whence the seer views it.

that great city, the holy Jerusalem ] Read, the holy city Jerusalem.

descending … from God ] Verbatim the same as in Rev 21:2, according to the true text. The descent described here is no doubt the same as there, but St John’s vision of the descent is not exactly the same. He has seen, as it were in the distance, the appearance of the city: but his attention was absorbed in listening to the sayings of Rev 21:3-8. Now, he is summoned to attend to the other, and finds it at the same stage where he noticed it in passing before.

Consult other comments:

Revelation 21:9 - The Greek Testament

Revelation 21:9 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:9 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 21:9 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Revelation 21:9 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 21:9 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 21:9 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Revelation 21:9 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Revelation 21:9 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 21:9 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:9 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:9 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Revelation 21:9 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Revelation 21:9 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 21:9 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 21:9 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 21:9 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 21:9 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Revelation 21:9 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:9 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Revelation 21:9 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Revelation 21:9 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 21:9 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Revelation 21:9 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Revelation 21:9 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Revelation 21:9 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Revelation 21:9 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Revelation 21:9 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Revelation 21:9 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 21:9 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Revelation 21:9 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 21:9 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 21:9 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Revelation 21:9 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 21:9 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 21:9 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Revelation 21:9 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Revelation 21:9 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 21:9 - Combined Bible Commentary

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