Revelation 21:17
New International Version
The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.

New Living Translation
Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel).

English Standard Version
He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement.

Berean Study Bible
And he measured its wall to be 144 cubits, by the human measure the angel was using.

Berean Literal Bible
And he measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits, the measure of man, that is of the angel.

King James Bible
And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

New King James Version
Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

New American Standard Bible
And he measured its wall, 144 cubits, by human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.

NASB 1995
And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.

NASB 1977
And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.

Amplified Bible
He measured its wall also—a hundred forty-four cubits (about 200 feet), according to man’s measurements, which are [also] angelic [measurements].

Christian Standard Bible
Then he measured its wall, 144 cubits according to human measurement, which the angel used.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he measured its wall, 144 cubits according to human measurement, which the angel used.

American Standard Version
And he measured the wall thereof, a hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he measured its wall 144 cubits by the measure of a man, that is, of the Angel.

Contemporary English Version
Then the angel measured the wall, and by our measurements it was about 60 meters high.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he measured the wall thereof an hundred and forty-four cubits, the measure of a man, which is of an angel.

English Revised Version
And he measured the wall thereof, a hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

Good News Translation
The angel also measured the wall, and it was 216 feet high, according to the standard unit of measure which he was using.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He measured its wall. According to human measurement, which the angel was using, it was 144 cubits.

International Standard Version
He also measured its wall. According to the human measurement that the angel was using, it was 144 cubits.

Literal Standard Version
And he measured its wall—one hundred forty-four cubits, the measure of a man, that is, of the messenger;

NET Bible
He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits according to human measurement, which is also the angel's.

New Heart English Bible
Its wall is one hundred forty-four cubits, by human measurement, that is, of an angel.

Weymouth New Testament
And he measured the wall of it--a wall of a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to human measure, which was also that of the angel.

World English Bible
Its wall is one hundred forty-four cubits, by the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

Young's Literal Translation
and he measured its wall, an hundred forty-four cubits, the measure of a man, that is, of the messenger;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The New Jerusalem
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. 17And he measured its wall to be 144 cubits, by the human measure the angel was using. 18The wall was made of jasper, and the city itself of pure gold, as pure as glass.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 3:11
(For only Og king of Bashan had remained of the remnant of the Rephaim. His bed of iron, nine cubits long and four cubits wide, is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites.)

Revelation 13:18
Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is 666.

Revelation 21:9
Then one of the seven angels with the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."

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.


Treasury of Scripture

And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

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Revelation 7:4
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 14:3
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.









(17) And he measured the wall thereof . . .--Better. And he measured its wall by an hundred and forty-four cubits (i.e., in height), man's measure, which is angel's. The measurement is in man's measure, but the reed was handled by an angel; the measure is true for men and true for angels; it may mean that the angel used the ordinary human measure, but may it not imply that the vision is true for all, for the earthly and for the heavenly? it is man's measure, it is angel's measure; the human will not find the picture untrue, though the city is not literal: it is figurative, but not mere figure. The recurrence of the number hundred and forty-four recalls us to the figurative character of the description. (Comp. Note on Revelation 7:4.)

Verse 17. - And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits. (For the signification of the number, see on Revelation 7:4.) The parallel between the shape of the city as just related and the holy of holies (vide supra) almost seems to have insensibly suggested the transition from stadia to cubits. The discrepancy between the height of the city, which is twelve thousand furlongs (ver. 16), and the height of the wall, which is a hundred and forty-four cubits, has led to the suggestion that in the height of the city is included the hill on which it stands (Alford). Others understand that the wall is purposely described as of small height, because the writer wishes to indicate that "the most inconsiderable wall is sufficient to exclude all that is impure" (Dusterdieck). According to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel; of an angel. That is, the measure here used by the angel is that used by men (cf. "the number of a man," Revelation 13:18).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

he measured
ἐμέτρησεν (emetrēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3354: To measure (out), estimate. From metron; to measure; by implication, to admeasure.

its
αὐτῆς (autēs)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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.

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

144 {}
ἑκατὸν (hekaton)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 1540: One hundred. Of uncertain affinity; a hundred.

cubits,
πηχῶν (pēchōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 4083: A cubit, about a foot and a half. Of uncertain affinity; the fore-arm, i.e. a cubit.

by the human
ἀνθρώπου (anthrōpou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

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

the angel
ἀγγέλου (angelou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 32: From aggello; a messenger; especially an 'angel'; by implication, a pastor.

was [using].
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.


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