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

  • Rodney munamwe
    it is clearly revealing to us what will happen in the future giving hope in us,strength and be on the God'S side untill the Gods second coming.
  • Abigail
    He has risen and he has won the victory! Glory be to God our soon coming king. Let us be ready and waiting for his second coming because he is coming soon. Thank you Jesus even when I break your heart Lord you still care for me. You are worthy of all the praise, glory and honor. I love you Lord! Thank You Jesus. Lord I just want to get closer to you because there is none like you Lord! Mighty God.
  • Norm
    He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear:
  • Word
    Norm nothing U said is scripture except Acts 2. The rest religious traditions of men to freak people out to fill a church, you a preacher.Nothing will happen in America and business as always will go on but then a Christ which is instead of Christ comes who sets up a 1 world system and he will have powers that none has ever seen before and they will worship him and spiritual death will run wild.
  • Dana Wells
    Where in Revelation does it mention war among races ie clans? As we are seeing that now in epic proportion the past 8 years. Thank you
  • Chrissy
    Even when everything is in total chaos, Jesus says, ''I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.'' No matter what happens, He will NEVER leave those who are His. Just be sure He knows you. Accept Him as Lord and Saviour through faith today. Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. When you are truly His, He will never leave you, not even for a second. :)