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Revelation 21:15-16

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21:15 The angel 1  who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 21:16 Now 2  the city is laid out as a square, 3  its length and width the same. He 4  measured the city with the measuring rod 5  at fourteen hundred miles 6  (its length and width and height are equal).

1 tn Grk “the one”; the referent (the angel of v. 9) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the somewhat parenthetical nature of the description of the city.

3 tn Or “the city lies square.” On κεῖμαι (keimai) in this context, BDAG 537 s.v. 2 states, “lie, of things…ἡ πόλις τετράγωνος κεῖται is laid out as a square Rv 21:16.”

4 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.

5 tn Grk “with the rod”; the word “measuring” is supplied from the description in v. 15.

6 tn Or “two thousand two hundred kilometers,” Grk “12,000 stades.” A stade was a measure of length about 607 ft (185 m).



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