Revelation 21:24
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New International Version
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

New Living Translation
The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory.

English Standard Version
By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,

New American Standard Bible
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.

King James Bible
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.

International Standard Version
The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.

NET Bible
The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the nations walk in its light and the Kings of The Earth bring glory to it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Gentiles that have been saved shall walk in the light of her; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honour into her.

King James 2000 Bible
And the nations of them who are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.

American King James Version
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.

American Standard Version
And the nations shall walk amidst the light thereof: and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the nations shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honour into it.

Darby Bible Translation
And the nations shall walk by its light; and the kings of the earth bring their glory to it.

English Revised Version
And the nations shall walk amidst the light thereof: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory into it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the nations of them who are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

Weymouth New Testament
The nations will live their lives by its light; and the kings of the earth are to bring their glory into it.

World English Bible
The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Young's Literal Translation
and the nations of the saved in its light shall walk, and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:22-27 Perfect and direct communion with God, will more than supply the place of gospel institutions. And what words can more full express the union and co-equality of the Son with the Father, in the Godhead? What a dismal world would this be, if it were not for the light of the sun! What is there in heaven that supplies its place? The glory of God lightens that city, and the Lamb is the Light thereof. God in Christ will be an everlasting Fountain of knowledge and joy to the saints in heaven. There is no night, therefore no need of shutting the gates; all is at peace and secure. The whole shows us that we should be more and more led to think of heaven as filled with the glory of God, and enlightened by the presence of the Lord Jesus. Nothing sinful or unclean, idolatrous, or false and deceitful, can enter. All the inhabitants are made perfect in holiness. Now the saints feel a sad mixture of corruption, which hinders them in the service of God, and interrupts their communion with him; but, at their entrance into the holy of holies, they are washed in the laver of Christ's blood, and presented to the Father without spot. None are admitted into heaven who work abominations. It is free from hypocrites, such as make lies. As nothing unclean can enter heaven, let us be stirred up by these glimpses of heavenly things, to use all diligence, and to perfect holiness in the fear of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; and the nations shall walk by means of her light. Omit "of them which are saved." The description, following that of Isaiah, makes use of earthly symbolism; but it is not, therefore, to be supposed (as Afford) that there will be hereafter a real earth with inhabitants. "The nations" are the redeemed, described in this way on account of their selection from every "kindred, and nation, and tribe, and tongue" (Revelation 7:9): not the wicked nations of Revelation 16:19. Though the Authorized Version is probably incorrect in inserting "of them which are saved," yet these words appear to give the correct sense of the passage. The description is evidently still founded on the prophetical writings, "And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising" (Isaiah 60:3). And the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. Omit "and honour," according to א, A, P, and others. Not that there are literal kings and earth. The language is intended to convey an idea of God's supreme glory and unquestioned authority. There are now no kings to dispute his sway. Instead, all join in promoting his glory.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the nations of them which are saved,.... In distinction from them that will be deceived by Satan, Revelation 20:8. These are not all the nations of the world, which will be gathered before Christ, the Judge, for all will not be saved, there is a world that will be condemned; nor the Gentiles only, which shall come into the church state of the Jews when called, for that state is not here designed; and besides, all Israel shall be saved then; nor the living saints at Christ's coming, who shall have escaped, and are saved from the general conflagration; for these, with the raised ones, will be caught up together to Christ, and descend and dwell together on earth, and make one church state; but all the elect of God, both Jews and Gentiles, whom God has chosen, Christ has redeemed, and the Spirit has called out of all the nations of the earth: these are only saved ones; such are already saved, not only are determined to be saved, and for whom salvation is wrought out by Christ, and to whom it is applied at conversion, and who are representatively set down in heavenly places in Christ, and are already saved by hope and faith, and with respect to the certainty of salvation; all which may be said of saints in the present state; but these will be such, who will be actually and personally saved, will be in the full possession of salvation, enjoying all the blessings of it: they will be partakers of the first resurrection, and the glories of it: the tabernacle of God will be with them, they will be free from all sorrows and death, and will inherit all things: the Syriac version reads, "the nations that are saved"; who are redeemed and saved by Christ: this may teach us how to understand those phrases, which seem to favour general redemption, as all men, the world, the whole world; see Isaiah 45:20. These words, "of them which are saved", are left out in the Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, but are in all the copies. These nations are the inhabitants of this city, and they

shall walk in the light of it, which is Christ; they shall enjoy it; they shall have the light of life, and be partakers of the inheritance with the saints in light, and that continually: they shall not only come to it, but continue in it, and walk at it, and by the light of it: the walk of these will be different from the walk of saints now, who walk by faith, and not by sight; but these shall walk by sight, enjoying the beatific vision of God, and the Lamb. The Jews say (b), that Jerusalem, in time to come, will be made a lamp to the nations of the world, , "and they shall walk in its light", or by the light of it, which is the sense of Isaiah 60:3 "the Gentiles shall come to thy light"; see Isaiah 9:1

and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it; by whom may be meant either mystically all the saints, who will be kings as well as priests unto God, and will reign as such with Christ in this state, will cast their crowns at his feet, and give him all the honour and glory; or literally, the kings of the earth, who shall have relinquished antichrist, hated the whore, and burnt her with fire, and who will have been nursing fathers in the spiritual reign; or rather all good kings that ever have been in the earth: not that they will be kings of the earth at this time, for now all rule, authority, and power, will be put down; nor will any worldly riches, honour, and glory, be brought by them into this state, nor will they be needed in it; but it is to be understood of who have been kings on earth, though not of their having brought earthly riches and grandeur into the interest and churches of Christ; as David gave much towards the building of the temple, which was begun and finished by King Solomon his son, and as Constantine greatly enriched and aggrandized the church when he became emperor; but the sense seems to be this, that such who have been Christian kings on earth will prefer the happiness of this state to all their riches and greatness here; and that could all the glory of the kings of the earth be put together, it would not equal, but be greatly inferior to the glory of the new Jerusalem; Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of the inhabitants of this place; see Revelation 20:6 besides, these shall do all homage, and submit to Christ the King of kings in the midst of the church, which may be meant by "glory" and "honour".

(b) Yalkut Simeoni, par. 2. fol. 56. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. of them which are saved … in—A, B, Vulgate, Coptic, and Andreas read "(the nations shall walk) by means of her light": omitting "of them which are saved." Her brightness shall supply them with light.

the kings of the earth—who once had regard only to their glory, having been converted, now in the new Jerusalem do bring their glory into it, to lay it down at the feet of their God and Lord.

and honour—so B, Vulgate, and Syriac. But A omits the clause.

Revelation 21:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The New Jerusalem
23And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;…
Cross References
Psalm 72:10
May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts.

Isaiah 49:23
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed."

Isaiah 60:3
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Isaiah 60:5
Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.

Isaiah 60:10
"Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion.

Isaiah 60:16
You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

Revelation 21:26
The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
Treasury of Scripture

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.

the nations.

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, …

Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, O you nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood …

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and …

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Isaiah 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths …

Isaiah 55:5,10 Behold, you shall call a nation that you know not, and nations that …

Isaiah 66:12,18 For thus said the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a …

Jeremiah 4:2 And you shall swear, The LORD lives, in truth, in judgment, and in …

Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall …

Zechariah 8:22,23 Yes, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of …

Romans 15:10-12,16,26 And again he said, Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people…

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Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come you, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

the kings.

Psalm 72:10,11 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the …

Isaiah 60:3-10,13 And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness …

Isaiah 66:11,12 That you may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; …

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