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Revelation 7

1 After these [things] I saw four angels standing upon the four corners of the land, holding the four winds of the land, in order that the wind not blow upon the land nor on the sea nor upon every tree. 2 And I saw another angel going up from the east, having the seal of the zoe-living1 God, and he cried out with [a] great voice to the four angels to whom it was given to injure the land and the sea, 3 saying: Do not injure the land nor the sea nor the trees until we seal the slaves of our God upon their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of those sealed, [an] hundred forty four thousand sealed from every tribe of [the] sons of Israel.
5 From the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Ruben twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Gad twelve thousand sealed,
6 From the tribe of Asher twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Manassah twelve thousand sealed,
7 From the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Levi twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand sealed,
8 From the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand sealed,
From the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand sealed,

9 After these [things] I saw, and behold [a] great crowd, which no one was able to number, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the lamb, clothed in white robes, and palms [were] in their hands, 10 and they cried out with [a] great voice saying:

Salvation to our God,
The [one] having sat upon the throne
And to the lamb.

11 And all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living [creatures], and fell before the throne upon their faces and worshipped God 12 saying:

Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom,
And thanks and honor and ability and strength
[be] to our God from the eternity of eternities, Amen.

13 And [one] of the elders answered saying to me: Who are these clothed in the white robes and whence have they come? 14 And I said to him: My Lord, you know. And he said to me: Those are those coming out of the great affliction and have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the lamb. 15 Because of this they are before the throne of God, and they minister to him day and night in his temple, and the [one] having sat upon the throne will tent among them. 16 They will not ever hunger nor ever thirst, and the sun will not fall upon them nor any heat, 17 for the lamb in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and guide them to wells of zoe-living1 water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

1from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.