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

  • 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?
  • Word
    Norm has stated a lot of Jeremiah's verses that have said the people don't believe evil is coming because they see the false messiah as the real one and the sword of the dragon will be here blowing his smoke and lies and his sword is his mouth in Revelation and as Norm can tell you the famine for the end times is for the truth of the word as Amos 8:11 tells us. So beware the one coming is a fake.
  • Norm
    There is only one true Word, and that cometh of God my Father in heaven. Any other word is a deceiver and an antichrist. Psalms 56:5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. Psalms 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be and what shall be after him, who can tell him? Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
  • Norm
    Jeremiah 5:9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy but make not a full end: take away her battlements for they are not the LORD'S. 11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD. 12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he neither shall evil come upon us neither shall we see sword nor famine: Jeremiah 14:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
  • Word
    America will be just fine and the hell fire preachers teaching distruction learned by other men who teach traditions of men will be so pleased when the false messiah gets here they will jump on board with him and will say we are no longer a widow anymore our husband is home but it's not our Husband, not our Lamb of God because the first Christ looks like the Lamb and has power but it's the dragon.