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

  • MARY
    LOVE REV MAKES ME FEEL MORE CLOSER TO GOD THE KNOWING OF THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD
  • Karen
    It's deep in my mind am reading
    more will like to learn more
  • C green
    As I read verses 14 and 15, John appears to describe Jesus as a person of color. The wool hair, the feet of brass, the voice. How wonderful it is that Jesus is giving these words to John to reveal to us. He wants us to know the truth as the end is at hand. It does not matter what color. What matters is eternal life with the Father. Amen the true will make us free. Blessed is the word of God.
  • Jackie
    Revelation is the TRUTH! POWERFUL!
  • Grover Daniels
    Need more en depth information.
  • Word
    Kari what people should take away from this book is that Satan comes as instead of Christ or antichrist with peace and prosperity for all who will worship him. Such a joyful time for the lost souls. Then Christ comes at the 7th trump the true Husband and what will he find Satan sitting in Jerusalem and those of the world that worship Satan will feel the wrath of God. If people would only read.