Revelation 21:15
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
The angel who spoke to me had a gold measuring stick to measure the city and its gates and its walls.

Good News Translation
The angel who spoke to me had a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

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—12,000 stadia in length and width and height.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 40:3
So He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze. He was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand.

Zechariah 2:2
"Where are you going?" I asked. "To measure Jerusalem," he replied, "and to determine its width and length."

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--12,000 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.

a golden.

Revelation 11:1,2
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein…

Exodus 40:3-5
And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the vail…

Ezekiel 41:1
Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle.







Lexicon
The [angel who]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

spoke
λαλῶν (lalōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

with
μετ’ (met’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

me
ἐμοῦ (emou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

had
εἶχεν (eichen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

a golden
χρυσοῦν (chrysoun)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5552: Golden, made of gold, adorned with gold. From chrusos; made of gold.

measuring
μέτρον (metron)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3358: An apparently primary word; a measure, literally or figuratively; by implication, a limited portion.

rod
κάλαμον (kalamon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2563: A reed; a reed-pen, reed-staff, measuring rod. Or uncertain affinity; a reed; by implication, a pen.

to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

measure
μετρήσῃ (metrēsē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3354: To measure (out), estimate. From metron; to measure; by implication, to admeasure.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

city
πόλιν (polin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4172: A city, the inhabitants of a city. Probably from the same as polemos, or perhaps from polus; a town.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

its
αὐτῆς (autēs)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

gates
πυλῶνας (pylōnas)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4440: From pule; a gate-way, door-way of a building or city; by implication, a portal or vestibule.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

its
αὐτῆς (autēs)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

walls.
τεῖχος (teichos)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5038: A wall, especially of a city. Akin to the base of tikto; a wall.
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. 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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