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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.
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Other Translations of Revelation 1:18
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)
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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
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.
Comments for Revelation 1:18
Daniel Ochola's comment on 2013-11-20 12:48:53:
God has power over everything!
Margaret's comment on 2010-05-31 22:21:04:
i think this is the best straight forward answer i've ever gotten. when i read how Jesus gave keys to Peter in your explaination, i then asked myself why the huge question remains how Christ has keys to hell and death... never has neone asked how he obtained keys to the kingdom of heaven, yet it is difficult to understand he has the keys to hell and death. Thank you, but my God is the Alpha and Omega and has the authority over all things, including Satan and his dwelling.. GOD Bless u all
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