Revelation 21:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 21:3, NIV: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Revelation 21:3, ESV: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

Revelation 21:3, KJV: And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Revelation 21:3, NASB: And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

Revelation 21:3, NLT: I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, 'Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.

Revelation 21:3, CSB: Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God's dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.

What does Revelation 21:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the old Jerusalem God dwelt in the temple, in the Holy of Holies, into which only the high priest could enter once a year. In eternity, God will be present always with all His people. John heard a loud voice from the throne proclaim, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man." According to this verse, the saints—God's people—will enjoy close fellowship with God. The fellowship will resemble the experience Adam and Eve enjoyed with God in the garden of Eden before they fell into sin.

Sometimes the questions are raised, "What happens to those who become believers during the millennium? Will they have glorified bodies in eternity?" Likely, God will remove millennial believers from the earth before He renovates it, and then return them to the renovated earth in glorified bodies. During the millennium, the unglorified believers still had the longstanding promise that the pure in heart would see God (Matthew 5:8), in the New Jerusalem they will enjoy the fulfillment of that promise.