Revelation 1:18

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I am hee that liueth, and was dead: and behold, I am aliue for euermore, Amen, and haue the keyes of hell and of death.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I was dead, and see, I am living for ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hell.
- Basic English Bible

and the living one: and I became dead, and behold, I am living to the ages of ages, and have the keys of death and of hades.
- Darby Bible

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
- Webster's Bible

I died; but I am now alive until the Ages of the Ages, and I have the keys of the gates of Death and of Hades!
- Weymouth Bible

and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.
- World English Bible

and lo! Y am lyuynge in to worldis of worldis, and Y haue the keyes of deth and of helle.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 1:18


1:18 And he that liveth - Another peculiar title of God. And I have the keys of death and of hades - That is, the invisible world. In the intermediate state, the body abides in death, the soul in hades. Christ hath the keys of, that is, the power over, both; killing or quickening of the body, and disposing of the soul, as it pleaseth him. He gave St. Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven; but not the keys of death or of hades. How comes then his supposed successor at Rome by the keys of purgatory? From the preceding description, mostly, are taken the titles given to Christ in the following letters, particularly the four first.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 1:18


Re 1:18 He that liveth, and was dead. Put to death but living. And have the keys of hell and of death. "The keys of death and of Hades" (Revised Version). Not only a victor over death, but the very gates of death and Hades are under his control. Hence he can deliver from the dead whom he will.

Discussion for Revelation 1

  • Atiku William
    Jesaus Is The God Who Lived Before Creation, He Is The One Who Came And Died And Resurrected. He Lives Forever More. There Is None Besides Him. John 1:1-10, Isaiah 9:6
  • Eric
    Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
  • Lilian
    Jesus is coming like a thief . We will see him in the mid air during RAPTURE TIME. HE IS GOING TO TAKE BACK HIS CHURCH AS A BRIDE TO HEAVEN. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WILL BE FOUND IN THE CHURCH PRAISING GOD AND THANKING HIM AND SERVING GOD WILL BE SAVED. JESUS IS FAITHFUL TO HIS WORDS THAT HE WILL PREPARE A PLACE FOR US IN MANSION. OUR JOB NOW IS TO CONTINUE FOLLOWING JESUS AND OBEY HIS WORDS AMEN
  • Joel rathod
    Jesus' coming is very short so be prepared.
  • Beverly Hanzel
    I feel exhausted and have so many questions,and hope in the Lord I will be chosen by him for everlasting life. I feel very happy internally, because of the love I have for my Jesus,and I can't imagine what feeling of love and joy to see him. OH, what a sad day for those who reject him, my heart is heavy for these young people who have no knowledge of him and when opportunity knocks it meet with
  • Mark
    Who would the angels of the 7 churches be? In the next chapter John is told to write to the angels, so they were physical beings involved with each church? Elders?