| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
THE CITY OF GOD
Revelations vii: 9 to 17; xxi: 1 to 27; xxii: 1 to 17.
GAIN John saw the throne of God, and before it, and before
the Lamb of God, stood a multitude of people so great
that no man could count them. They were dressed in
white robes, and branches of palm were in their hands,
and they cried with a loud voice, "Salvation unto our
God upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."
And all the angels were standing around the throne, and
around the four living creatures, and around the seats
of the twenty-four elders; and the angels fell down on
their faces, and worshipped God saying, "Amen:
Blessing and glory, and thanksgiving, and honor, and
power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever."
Then one of the elders spoke to John, and said, "Who
are these dressed in white robes? and whence did they
And John answered, "My Lord, thou knowest who they
are, and whence they came, but I do not know."
Then the elder said, "These are they who have come up
out of great trouble and sorrow, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
For that cause they are before the throne of God, and
they serve him day and night in his temple; and he that
sitteth upon the throne shall spread his
 tent over them.
They shall hunger no more, neither shall they thirst
any more, nor shall the heat of the sun strike upon
them. But the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne
shall lead them as a shepherd, and shall guide them
unto fountains of waters of life. And God shall wipe
away every tear from their eyes."
After this, John heard a great voice out of the throne,
saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men;
and God shall dwell among men, and they shall be his
people, and he shall be their God. And God shall wipe
away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death; neither shall there be weeping or crying,
nor pain, any more."
And He that was sitting upon the throne said, "Behold,
I make all things new. I will give to him who is
thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely."
Then John seemed to be standing upon a great and high
mountain; and he saw a glorious city, the new
Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having
the glory of God. Over the city was a rich light, like
that which glows in some precious stone, clear as
crystal. Around the city was a lofty wall, and on each
side of the wall were three gates; for the city was
 having twelve gates in all.
Besides each gate stood an angel, and on the gates were
written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. And
the wall had twelve foundations, and on them were
written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lord.
The wall was like jasper, and the city was built of
pure gold, but a gold which seemed clear like glass.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the
gates was one great pearl. And the street of the city
was pure gold, as clear as glass.
John could see no Temple in the city, and it needs
none; for the Lord God and Jesus Christ the Lamb of God
are its Temple. And the city has no need of the sun
nor of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God
gives it light, and the Lamb of God is as a lamp in it.
And the gates of the city shall not be shut by day, for
there shall be no night there.
And the nations of men shall walk in the light of this
city, and the kings of the earth bring their glory into
it; and all the honor and glory of the nations of earth
shall be brought into it. And into it shall never come
anything that is evil, or unclean, or any one who does
what God hates, or any one who makes a lie. But they
only shall come into it whose names are written in the
And John saw a river of water of life, clear as
crystal, coming forth from the throne of God and of the
Lamb, and flowing through the street of the city. On
each side of the river was growing the tree of life,
bearing its fruit every month, twelve times in the
year; and the leaves of the tree were to heal all
people of their diseases. And in the city the Lord God
and the Lamb shall reign as kings.
When John had seen and heard all these things, he fell
down to worship the angel who had showed them to him.
But the angel said to him, "Do not worship me, for I
am a fellow-servant with you, and with your brethren the
prophets, and with those who keep the word of the book:
And the angel said to John, "Do not seal up the words
of what you have heard and seen, but tell them to all
men. And the Spirit and the bride, the Church of
Christ, say 'Come.' And let him that hears say 'Come.'
And let him that is thirsty come; and whoever will let
him take the water of life freely."
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