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.
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.
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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And he that talked with me - The angel, Revelation 21:9.
Had a golden reed to measure the city - See the notes on Revelation 11:1. The reed, or measuring rod, here, is of gold, because all about the city is of the most rich and costly materials. The rod is thus suited to the personage who uses it, and to the occasion. Compare a similar description in Ezekiel 40:3-5; Ezekiel 43:16. The object of this measuring is to show that the city has proper architectural proportions.
And the gates thereof, ... - To measure every part of the city, and to ascertain its exact dimensions.
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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.
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."
Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.
It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;
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