On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Revelation 21:16, and the same number of gates is assigned to each quarter. There does not appear to be any special significancy in this fact, unless it be to denote that there is access to this city from all quarters of the world, and that they who dwell there will have come from each of the great divisions of the earth - that is, from every land, Ezekiel 48:31-34. The triumphant church will be a collection of believers, who from all nations have come into it.
on the north three gates; on which were written the names of Reuben, Judah, and Levi:
on the south three gates; on which were written the names of Simeon, Issachar, and Zabulon:
and on the west three gates; on which were written the names of Gad, Asher, and Naphtali; see Ezekiel 48:31. This denotes the collection of the saints from all parts of the world, who shall come from east, west, north, and south, and sit down in the kingdom of God; and therefore here are gates at every point to enter in at; see Isaiah 43:5.On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)13. east … north … south … west] The order of enumeration in Numbers is E. S. W. N., in Ezekiel N. E. S. W. in Enoch N. W. S. E., as in each of them the surveyor goes round methodically in order: in this more ecstatic book, the whole is apprehended simultaneously, perhaps rather confusedly.Verse 13. - On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. The following are the dispositions of the tribes in the Old Testament: - Order in Numbers 2. East -
Zebulun. North -
Naphtali. South -
Gad. West -
Order in Ezekiel 49:30. East -
Dan. North -
Levi. South -
Zebulon. West -
Lit., the goings down or settings.
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