Revelation 21:15
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New International Version
The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.

New Living Translation
The angel who talked to me held in his hand a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

English Standard Version
And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls.

Berean Study Bible
The angel who spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city and its gates and its walls.

Berean Literal Bible
And the one speaking with me had a golden measuring reed, so that he could measure the city, and its gates, and its wall.

New American Standard Bible
The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.

King James Bible
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

International Standard Version
The angel who was talking to me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its walls.

NET Bible
The angel who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall.

New Heart English Bible
He who spoke with me had for a measure, a golden reed, to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he who spoke with me had with him a measuring reed of gold to measure the city and its wall.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The angel who was talking to me had a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

New American Standard 1977
And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city and its gates and its wall.

King James 2000 Bible
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

American King James Version
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

American Standard Version
And he that spake with me had for a measure a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that spoke with me, had a measure of a reed of gold, to measure the city and the gates thereof, and the wall.

Darby Bible Translation
And he that spoke with me had a golden reed [as] a measure, that he might measure the city, and its gates, and its wall.

English Revised Version
And he that spake with me had for a measure a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he that talked with me, had a golden reed to measure the city, and its gates, and its wall.

Weymouth New Testament
Now he who was speaking to me had a measuring-rod of gold, with which to measure the city and its gates and its wall.

World English Bible
He who spoke with me had for a measure, a golden reed, to measure the city, its gates, and its walls.

Young's Literal Translation
And he who is speaking with me had a golden reed, that he may measure the city, and its gates, and its wall;
Study Bible
The New Jerusalem
14The wall of the city had twelve foundations bearing the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15The angel who spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city and its gates and its walls. 16The city lies foursquare, with its width the same as its length. And he measured the city with the rod, and all its dimensions were equal—twelve thousand stadia in length and width and height.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 40:3
So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway.

Zechariah 2:2
So I said, "Where are you going?" And he said to me, "To measure Jerusalem, to see how wide it is and how long it is."

Revelation 11:1
Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers there.

Revelation 21:12
The city had a great and high wall with twelve gates inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, and twelve angels at the gates.

Revelation 21:16
The city lies foursquare, with its width the same as its length. And he measured the city with the rod, and all its dimensions were equal--twelve thousand stadia in length and width and height.

Revelation 21:21
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, with each gate consisting of a single pearl. The main street of the city was pure gold, as pure as transparent glass.

Revelation 21:25
Its gates will never be shut at the end of the day, because there will be no night there.
Treasury of Scripture

And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

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Revelation 11:1,2 And there was given me a reed like to a rod: and the angel stood, …

Exodus 40:3-5 And you shall put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the …

Ezekiel 41:1 Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six …

Zechariah 2:1 I lifted up my eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring …

THE MEASUREMENT OF THE CITY.

(15) And he that talked with me . . .--Or, better, And he who was talking with me had a golden reed . . . The allusion here is to the angel mentioned in Ezekiel (Ezekiel 15:3); the reed, or measuring rod, is of gold, that used in Revelation 11:1 was not said to be of gold; the measurement there was the symbol of preservation amid impending danger; the measuring here is more glorious--it is measuring which exhibits the beauty and proportion of the city which is now dwelling at peace. Gold is one of the features of the city; the street is gold (Revelation 21:18; Revelation 21:21); it may stand, as a token of the wealth (Psalm 72:15; 1Kings 10:14-21) of the royal city; but the wealth of that city is love. (Comp. Note on Revelation 3:18.)

Verse 15. - And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof; had for a measure a golden reed to measure, etc. "He that spake" is the angel of ver. 9 (cf. the action of Revelation 11:1; and Ezekiel 40:3, 5; Ezekiel 42:15, et seq.). Here the measuring is evidently to indicate the large extent of the city (see on Revelation 11:1). The reed is golden, as being the typical heavenly material. And he that talked with me,.... One of the seven angels, Revelation 21:9 for not a man is the measurer of this city, as in Ezekiel 40:3 nor John, as of the temple, Revelation 11:1 but an angel, the same that showed to John this great sight:

had a golden reed; not a common measuring reed, or rod, as in Ezekiel 40:4 but one covered with gold, denoting the present glorious state of the church, being without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing:

to measure the city; the new Jerusalem, its length and breadth; see Zechariah 2:1 to show how exactly conformable this church state will be to the rule of God's word, even to perfection: and the gates thereof; to signify who had a right to enter into it, and who not:

and the wall thereof; its height, it being exceeding high. 15. had a golden reed—so Coptic. But A, B, Vulgate, and Syriac read, "had (as) a measure, a golden reed." In Re 11:2 the non-measuring of the outer courts of the temple implied its being given up to secular and heathen desecration. So here, on the contrary, the city being measured implies the entire consecration of every part, all things being brought up to the most exact standard of God's holy requirements, and also God's accurate guardianship henceforth of even the most minute parts of His holy city from all evil.21:9-21 God has various employments for his holy angels. Sometimes they sound the trumpet of Divine Providence, and warn a careless world; sometimes they discover things of a heavenly nature of the heirs of salvation. Those who would have clear views of heaven, must get as near to heaven as they can, on the mount of meditation and faith. The subject of the vision is the church of God in a perfect, triumphant state, shining in its lustre; glorious in relation to Christ; which shows that the happiness of heaven consists in intercourse with God, and in conformity to him. The change of emblems from a bride to a city, shows that we are only to take general ideas from this description. The wall is for security. Heaven is a safe state; those who are there, are separated and secured from all evils and enemies. This city is vast; here is room for all the people of God. The foundation of the wall; the promise and power of God, and the purchase of Christ, are the strong foundations of the safety and happiness of the church. These foundations are set forth by twelve sorts of precious stones, denoting the variety and excellence of the doctrines of the gospel, or of the graces of the Holy Spirit, or the personal excellences of the Lord Jesus Christ. Heaven has gates; there is a free admission to all that are sanctified; they shall not find themselves shut out. These gates were all of pearls. Christ is the Pearl of great price, and he is our Way to God. The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. The saints in heaven tread gold under foot. The saints are there at rest, yet it is not a state of sleep and idleness; they have communion, not only with God, but with one another. All these glories but faintly represent heaven.
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