Revelation 21:11

ESV having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
NIV It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
NASB having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very valuable stone, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper.
CSB arrayed with God's glory. Her radiance was like a precious jewel, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
NLT It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone — like jasper as clear as crystal.
KJV Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

What does Revelation 21:11 mean?

The New Jerusalem is not a drab, dull, boring city, because it radiates God's glory. It is bright and beautiful like a rare jewel that shines brilliantly. Perhaps the word jasper describes a quartz with shades of green, blue, and red; literal jasper is not clear. The jasper stone is mentioned in Revelation 4:3 as one of the jewels that describe God's appearance. In this part of Revelation, one can see that John is struggling to explain what he sees in terms others can understand, using the most relevant images he can think of. Comparing the shining beauty of this new city to gemstones is an attempt to describe the indescribable.

The glory of God that fills the New Jerusalem is the dazzling light that emanates from His being. Moses experienced God's glory as "a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush" (Exodus 3:2). This glory was manifested as the shekinah cloud that filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34). When Solomon concluded his prayer at the dedication of the temple, fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. The glory of the Lord filled the temple in such brilliance that the priests could not enter the temple because of it (2 Chronicles 7:1–2).
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