Revelation 7:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 7:17, NIV: For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; 'he will lead them to springs of living water.' 'And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.''

Revelation 7:17, ESV: For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Revelation 7:17, KJV: For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Revelation 7:17, NASB: for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.'

Revelation 7:17, NLT: For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.'

Revelation 7:17, CSB: For the Lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepherd them; he will guide them to springs of the waters of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

What does Revelation 7:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Undoubtedly, believers in the tribulation will mourn the loss of their martyred fellow believers. They will shed tears as they suffer at the hands of their persecutors. However, in the kingdom reign of Christ on the earth the survivors will never hunger or thirst again. Further, God will wipe away the survivors' tears. The Lamb will be the survivors' shepherd, and He will lead them to springs of living water.

Perhaps the springs of living water allude to the river that Ezekiel saw flowing from the millennial Temple (Ezekiel 47:1). Wherever the river flowed, everything lived (Ezekiel 47:8–9). The survivors will understand by personal experience what the psalmist David wrote in Psalm 23:1–3: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake."