Isaiah 54:12
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New International Version
I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.

New Living Translation
I will make your towers of sparkling rubies, your gates of shining gems, and your walls of precious stones.

English Standard Version
I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones.

New American Standard Bible
"Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious stones.

King James Bible
And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will make your fortifications out of rubies, your gates out of sparkling stones, and all your walls out of precious stones.

International Standard Version
And I'll make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.

NET Bible
I will make your pinnacles out of gems, your gates out of beryl, and your outer wall out of beautiful stones.

New Heart English Bible
I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will rebuild your towers with rubies, your gates with sparkling stones, and all your walls with precious stones."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I will make thy pinnacles of rubies, And thy gates of carbuncles, And all thy border of precious stones.

New American Standard 1977
“Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies,
            And your gates of crystal,
            And your entire wall of precious stones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will make thy windows of precious stones, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of stones of great price.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will make your pinnacles of agates, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your walls of precious stones.

American King James Version
And I will make your windows of agates, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your borders of pleasant stones.

American Standard Version
And I will make thy pinnacles of rubies, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy border of precious stones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will make thy bulwarks of jasper: and thy gates of graven stones, and all thy borders of desirable stones.

Darby Bible Translation
and I will make thy battlements of rubies, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of precious stones.

English Revised Version
And I will make thy pinnacles of rubies, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy border of pleasant stones.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

World English Bible
I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.

Young's Literal Translation
And have made of agate thy pinnacles, And thy gates of carbuncle stones, And all thy border of stones of delight,
Study Bible
Future Blessings for Zion
11"O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires. 12"Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious stones. 13"All your sons will be taught of the LORD; And the well-being of your sons will be great.…
Cross References
Isaiah 54:11
"O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.

Isaiah 54:13
"All your sons will be taught of the LORD; And the well-being of your sons will be great.
Treasury of Scripture

And I will make your windows of agates, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your borders of pleasant stones.

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Verse 12. - I will make thy windows of agates. Most moderns translate, "I will make thy battlements," or "thy pinnacles of rubies." The exact meaning is very doubtful. Thy gates of carbuncles. In the Revelation of St. John the gates are each of them composed of one pearl (Revelation 21:21) - the pearl betokening purity, the carbuncle the glow of devotional feeling. We must not expect consistency in descriptions which are entirely allegorical. All thy borders of pleasant stones; or, all thy boundaries. An enclosing wall seems to be meant (comp. Revelation 21:17). And I will make thy windows of agates,.... Some sort of which stones, Pliny (x) says, were valued for their clearness like glass; but the stone which bears this name with us is not clear and lucid enough to make windows of. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it, "of jasper", a stone more fit for that purpose; and it is interpreted of the jasper in the Talmud (y); so "the light" of the New Jerusalem is said to be like unto the "jasper stone", Revelation 21:11. Some take the crystal to be meant, which suits well with windows; the word (z) for which has its name from the sun, because by means of them the rays and light of the sun are let into a house, and illuminate it; these in a figurative sense may design the ministers of the Gospel, who are the lights of the world, especially of the church; and the word and ordinances administered by them, by means of which the light of spiritual knowledge, joy, and comfort, is let into the churches, and into the souls of men, from Christ, the sun of righteousness. The phrase signifies, that in the latter day their ministrations should be very clear and bright, and be greatly owned, and be very successful: "and thy gates of carbuncles"; precious stones so called from their fiery flaming colour. The gates of the New Jerusalem are said to be so many pearls, Revelation 21:21 which there, as here, signify the entrance into the church of God, which is through Christ, who is the door into it, and through faith in him, which works by love; these gates will be open in the latter day to receive many, who will come in great numbers, and are called "praise", Isaiah 60:11, which will be expressed in very warm and lively strains of love and affection, of which the carbuncle may be a symbol:

and all thy borders of pleasant stones; true believers, called "lively stones", and who are pleasant in the sight of God and Christ, and are taken pleasure in by one another; see Psalm 102:14. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "thy wall", which agree with Revelation 21:18, where the wall of the New Jerusalem is said to be of jasper.

(x) Nat. Hist l. 37. c. 10. (y) T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 75. 1.((z) "a radice, quae solem significat", Sanctius, 12. windows—rather, "battlements"; literally, "suns"; applied to battlements from their radiated appearance.

agates—rather, "rubies."

carbuncles—literally, "sparkling gems"; the carbuncle when held to the sun becomes like a burning coal.

all thy borders—rather, "thy whole circuit," consisting of precious stones. The glory of the Church on earth, when the Hebrew Church, according to the original design, shall be the metropolis of Christendom.54:11-17 Let the people of God, when afflicted and tossed, think they hear God speaking comfortably to them by these words, taking notice of their griefs and fears. The church is all glorious when full of the knowledge of God; for none teaches like him. It is a promise of the teaching and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All that are taught of God are taught to love one another. This seems to relate especially to the glorious times to succeed the tribulations of the church. Holiness, more than any thing, is the beauty of the church. God promises protection. There shall be no fears within; there shall be no fightings without. Military men value themselves on their splendid titles, but God calls them, Wasters made to destroy, for they make wasting and destruction their business. He created them, therefore he will serve his own designs by them. The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for their hard speeches, Jude 1:15. Security and final victory are the heritage of each faithful servant of the Lord. The righteousness by which they are justified, and the grace by which they are sanctified, are the gift of God, and the effect of his special love. Let us beseech him to sanctify our souls, and to employ us in his service.
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