7:9 After this I
looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white,
with palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to
our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders
and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before
the throne and worshiped God,
singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and
thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever
and ever! Amen."
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these,
robed in white, and where have they come from?"
I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then
he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great
ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him
day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the
throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not
strike them, nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God
will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
34:1 I will bless the
LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all
Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD, and was saved
from every trouble.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and
O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take
refuge in him.
O fear the LORD, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no
The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the
LORD lack no good thing.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take
refuge in him will be condemned.
3:1 See what love the
Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and
that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that
it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet
been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we
will be like him, for we will see him as he is.
And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is
5:1 When Jesus saw the
crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his
disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called
children of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness'
sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and
utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in
the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.