1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that no wind should blow on the earth, or on the sea, or upon any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having a seal of the living God; and he cried with a great voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 saying, "Hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we shall seal the servants of our God on their foreheads." 4 And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; Of the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand; 6 Of the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand; 7 Of the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand; 8 Of the tribe of Zebulon, twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.
9 After these things I saw, and, behold, a great multitude, which no one could number, out of every nation, and of all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 and they cry with a great voice, saying, "Salvation to our God, Who sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
11 And all the angels stood around the throne, and around the elders, and the four living creatures; and they fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, 12 saying, "Amen. The blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the honor, and the power, and the strength, be to our God forever and ever. Amen!"
13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in white robes, who are they, and whence did they come?"
14 And I have said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are those who come out of the great tribulation; and they washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason are they before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His Temple; and He Who sitteth on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16 They shall hunger no more, nor thirst any more; nor shall the sun by any means fall on them, nor any heat; 17 because the Lamb, Who is in the midst of the throne, will be their Shepherd, and will guide them to the fountains of the waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.