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Revelation Chapter 21 Verse 4
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HILL'S BIBLE COMMENTARY
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REVELATION CHAPTER 21 VERSE 4
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Significance
Revelation chapter 21 verse 4 is significant to the Debate amongst those who hold to Eternal Torment and those
who hold to Annihilationism -- having been suggested as proof text in support of Annihilationism.

Transliteration
The 1611 King James Version of the Bible

"And God shall wipe away all tears from THEIR eyes; and THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH,
NEITHER SORROW, NOR CRYING, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANY MORE PAIN: for the
former things are passed away." (Rev. 21v4, AKJV, p.117)

The Authorized King James Version of the Bible

"And God shall wipe away all tears from THEIR eyes; and THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH,
NEITHER SORROW, NOR CRYING, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANY MORE PAIN: for the
former things are passed away." (Rev. 21v4, AKJV, p.551)

The Scriptures

"And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from THEIR eyes, and THERE SHALL BE NO MORE
DEATH, NOR MOURNING, NOR CRYING. And THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN, for the
former matters have passed away." (Rev. 21v4, TS, p.1209)

Commentary
Albert Barnes (1798-1870)

"Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes - THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE
CHARACTERISTICS OF THAT BLESSED STATE, THAT NOT A TEAR SHALL EVER BE SHED
THERE. How different will that be from the condition here - for who is there here who has not
learned to weep? See the notes on Rev_7:17. Compare the notes on Isa_25:8. And there shall be no
more death - In all that future world of glory, not one shall ever die; not a grave shall ever be dug!
What a view do we begin to get of heaven, when we are told there shall be no 'death' there! How
different from earth, where death is so common; where it spares no one; where our best friends die;
where the wise, the good, the useful, the lovely die; where fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, sons,

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daughters, all die; where we habitually feel that we must die. Assuredly WE HAVE HERE A VIEW
OF HEAVEN MOST GLORIOUS and animating to those who dwell in a world like this, and to whom
nothing is more common than death. In all their endless and glorious career, THE REDEEMED
WILL NEVER SEE DEATH AGAIN; THEY WILL NEVER THEMSELVES DIE. They will never
follow a friend to the tomb, nor fear that an absent friend is dead. The slow funeral procession will
never be witnessed there; nor will the soil ever open its bosom to furnish a grave. See the notes on
1Co_15:55. Neither sorrow - The word 'sorrow' here - πένθος penthos - denotes sorrow or grief of
any kind; sorrow for the loss of property or friends; sorrow for disappointment, persecution, or care;
sorrow over our sins, or sorrow that we love God so little, and serve him so unfaithfully; sorrow that
we are sick, or that we must die. How innumerable are the sources of sorrow here; how constant is it
on the earth! Since the fall of man there has not been a day, an hour, a moment, in which this has not
been a sorrowful world; there has not been a nation, a tribe - a city or a village - nay, not a family,
where there has not been grief. There has been no individual who has been always perfectly happy.
No one rises in the morning with any certainty that he may not end the day in grief; no one lies down
at night with any assurance that it may not be a night of sorrow. How different would this world be if
it were announced that henceforward there would be no sorrow! How different, therefore, will
heaven be when we shall have the assurance that henceforward grief shall be at an end! Nor crying -
κραυγᆱ kraugē.” This word properly denotes a cry, an outcry, as in giving a public notice; a cry in a
tumult - a clamor, Act_23:9; and then a cry of sorrow, or wailing. This is evidently its meaning here,
and it refers to all the outbursts of grief arising from affliction, from oppression, from violence. The
sense is, that as none of these causes of wailing will be known in the future state, all such wailing will
cease. This, too, will make the future state vastly different from our condition here; for what a change
would it produce on the earth if the cry of grief were never to be heard again! Neither shall there be
any more pain - There will be no sickness, and no calamity; and there will be no mental sorrow
arising from remorse, from disappointment, or from the evil conduct of friends. And what a change
would this produce - for how full of pain is the world now! How many lie on beds of languishing; how
many are suffering under incurable diseases; how many are undergoing severe surgical operations;
how many are pained by the loss of property or friends, or subjected to acuter anguish by the
misconduct of those who are loved! How different would this world be, if all pain were to cease
forever; how different, therefore, must the blessed state of the future be from the present! For the
former things are passed away - The world as it was before the judgment." [2]

Bob Pickle

"If hell was still burning, this statement could not be true." [1]

What Pickle seems to suggest is that "if hell was still burning" [1] after the passing of "the first
heaven and the first earth" and the inauguration of "a new heaven and a new earth" (v1) (i.e.,
Eternal Torment) "this statement could not be true" [1], since there is said to be "neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither ... any more pain" (Rev. 21v4)

What Pickle seems to miss is that, IN CONTEXT, THE PASSAGE ONLY SPEAKS
CONCERNING ETERNAL REALITIES AS PERTAINING TO THOSE SAVED BY GOD'S
GRACE - "a bride adorned for her husband" (v2) or "His people" (v3) - IT MAKES NO
MENTION CONCERNING THE ETERNAL REALITIES OF THE LOST.

Notes

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Synopsis

Bibliography
1
Bob Pickle; Immortality: Conditional or Innate? (Halstad: MI: Pickle Publishing, 2004). (16/06/2008)
http://www.pickle-publishing.com/papers/immortality.htm
2
Albert Barnes; "Revelation 21:4": Notes on the Bible (eSword).

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