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14 I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;[a] they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.(A)

15 “For this reason they stand before God’s throne
    and worship him day and night in his temple.
    The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.

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Footnotes

  1. 7:14 Time of great distress: fierce persecution by the Romans; cf. Introduction.

down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew the tree of life[a] that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.

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Footnotes

  1. 22:2 The tree of life: cf. Rev 22:14; see note on Rev 2:7. Fruit…medicine: cf. Ez 47:12.

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