Revelation 21:18
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New International Version
The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

New Living Translation
The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass.

English Standard Version
The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

New American Standard Bible
The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

King James Bible
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The building material of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass.

International Standard Version
Its wall was made of jasper. The city was made of pure gold, as clear as glass.

NET Bible
The city's wall is made of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The building of the wall was Jasper Quartz, and the city was of pure gold, in the likeness of pure glass.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Its wall was made of gray quartz. The city was made of pure gold, as clear as glass.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the material of its wall was jasper; but the city was of pure gold, like unto clean glass.

King James 2000 Bible
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

American King James Version
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like to clear glass.

American Standard Version
And the building of the wall thereof was jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto pure glass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the building of the wall thereof was of jasper stone: but the city itself pure gold, like to clear glass.

Darby Bible Translation
And the building of its wall [was] jasper; and the city pure gold, like pure glass:

English Revised Version
And the building of the wall thereof was jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto pure glass.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

Weymouth New Testament
The solid fabric of the wall was jasper; and the city itself was made of gold, resembling transparent glass.

World English Bible
The construction of its wall was jasper. The city was pure gold, like pure glass.

Young's Literal Translation
and the building of its wall was jasper, and the city is pure gold -- like to pure glass;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass; pure glass. The exceeding brightness and purity is the idea contained in both expressions - the light of ver. 11, which is there associated with jasper and crystal. (On "jasper," see on ver. 11 and Revelation 4:3.) The whole description is, of course, typical, not literal.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the building of the wall of it was of jasper,.... Which is expressive of the impregnableness, duration, brightness, and glory of salvation by Christ, the jasper being a very hard, durable, and bright stone; and salvation can never be made void, and of none effect; it will last for ever, and in this state will come forth as light, and as a lamp that burneth; it is represented by the same precious stone as God and Christ themselves are; see Revelation 4:2. And the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass; it was made or built of gold; its parts, buildings, houses, and palaces, were all of gold, and that the best; and it was like to transparent glass; that is, either the city, as most copies read, or the gold; for the Alexandrian copy reads, and so the Vulgate Latin version; the gold of which it was is different from common gold; and as this city, the new Jerusalem, designs the saints, the precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, the inhabitants of the new earth; this denotes the solidity, excellency, and preciousness of them, the rich and happy state they will be in, as well as their purity and freedom from all sin and corruption, and the clear knowledge of things they themselves will have, and others will have of them; their hearts and actions will be open to all; nor will this gold have any rust upon it any more, or ever be changed, and become dim.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. the building—"the structure" [Tregelles], Greek, "endomeesis."

gold, like … clear glass—Ideal gold, transparent as no gold here is [Alford]. Excellencies will be combined in the heavenly city which now seem incompatible.

Revelation 21:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The New Jerusalem
17And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;…
Cross References
Revelation 4:6
Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.

Revelation 21:11
It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

Revelation 21:21
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
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And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like to clear glass.

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