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Revelation 22:1

    Revelation 22:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I saw a river of water of life, clear as glass, coming out of the high seat of God and of the Lamb,

    Webster's Revision

    And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,

    World English Bible

    He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he shewed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 22:1

    Pure river of water of life - This is evidently a reference to the garden of paradise, and the river by which it was watered; and there is also a reference to the account, Ezekiel 47:7-12. Water of life, as we have seen before, generally signifies spring or running water; here it may signify incessant communications of happiness proceeding from God.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 22:1

    And he showed me a pure river of water of life - In the New Jerusalem; the happy abode of the redeemed. The phrase "water of life," means living or running water, like a spring or fountain, as contrasted with a stagnant pool. See the notes on John 4:14. The allusion here is doubtless to the first Eden, where a river watered the garden (Genesis 2:10, seq.), and as this is a description of Eden recovered, or Paradise regained, it was natural to introduce a river of water also, yet in such a way as to accord with the general description of that future abode of the redeemed. It does not spring up, therefore, from the ground, but flows from the throne of God and the Lamb. Perhaps, also, the writer had in his eye the description in Ezekiel 47:1-12, where a stream issues from under the temple, and is parted in different directions.

    Clear as crystal - See the notes on Revelation 4:6.

    Proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb - Flowing from the foot of the throne. Compare Revelation 4:6. This idea is strictly in accordance with Oriental imagery. In the East, fountains and running streams constituted an essential part of the image of enjoyment and prosperity (see the notes on Isaiah 35:6), and such fountains were common in the courts of Oriental houses. Here, the river is an emblem of peace, happiness, plenty; and the essential thought in its flowing from the throne is, that all the happiness of heaven proceeds from God.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 22:1

    22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life - The ever fresh and fruitful effluence of the Holy Ghost. See Ezek 47:1 - 12; where also the trees are mentioned which bear fruit every month, that is, perpetually. Proceeding out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb - All that the Father hath, saith the Son of God, is mine; even the throne of his glory.