Revelation 1:5

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And from Iesus Christ, who is the faithful witnesse, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth: vnto him that loued vs, and washed vs from our sinnes in his owne blood,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and from Jesus Christ, `who is' the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by his blood;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And from Jesus Christ, the true witness, the first to come back from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who had love for us and has made us clean from our sins by his blood;
- Basic English Bible

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and has washed us from our sins in his blood,
- Darby Bible

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first-begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
- Webster's Bible

and from Jesus Christ, the truthful witness, the first of the dead to be born to Life, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins with His own blood,
- Weymouth Bible

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood;
- World English Bible

that is a feithful witnesse, the firste bigetun of deed men, and prince of kingis of the erthe; which louyde vs, and waischide vs fro oure synnes in his blood,
- Wycliffe Bible

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born out of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth; to him who did love us, and did bathe us from our sins in his blood,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 1:5


1:5 And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first begotten from the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth - Three glorious appellations are here given him, and in their proper order. He was the faithful witness of the whole will of God before his death, and in death, and remains such in glory. He rose from the dead, as the first fruits of them that slept; and now hath all power both in heaven and earth. He is here styled a prince: but by and by he hears his title of king; yea, King of kings, and Lord of lords. This phrase, the kings of the earth, signifies their power and multitude, and also the nature of their kingdom. It became the Divine Majesty to call them kings with a limitation; especially in this manifesto from his heavenly kingdom; for no creature, much less a sinful man, can bear the title of king in an absolute sense before the eyes of God.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 1:5


Re 1:5 And from Jesus Christ. Some of the glories of Christ, the third whose grace is invoked, are named. The faithful witness. Because all that he ways is faithful and true. The first begotten of the dead. See PNT "Col 1:18". Through Christ's resurrection from the dead life and immortality were brought to light for us all. Hence he is called the "first born". The prince of the kings of the earth. The rightful ruler of all the rulers of the earth. Unto him that loved us. The tense is present, as in the Revised Version: "Unto him that loveth us". His love never ceases. And washed us from our sins in his own blood. Rather, as in the Revised Version, "loosed us". This was done by the shedding of his blood.

Discussion for Revelation 1

  • Cheryl Stewart
    God's gift to man(Revealed)to us .I have open my eyes to see.Thank you Lord Jesus Christ.l want to be prepared for the Lord's Day.with understanding and be one of his children and be there to witness.
  • BSP
    Verse 10 says that the fulfillment of this book takes place in the "Lord's day" and all the signs point to the time in which we are now living.
  • Florence
    What are 144 000 elders found in revelation
  • Lavern Bailey
    This book is also one of my well read book and i love it.He also say blessed are those that read and keep these things in memories of what he warned us .also he warned us not to add are take from his words are else he would add the plagues and if we take anything he will take away our part from the book of life .i also love how he make everything that he told us he made very transparent (clear) .
  • Susan
    Yes that is true. It's an amazing book about the love of God and how he will triumph over evil and save and redeem the faithful in the end. Interesting though is that most has already come to pass as it says these things are at hand and will happen quickly. Dire encouragement for Christians enduring horrific persecution.
  • Sihlobosenkosi
    A book that proceeds from the throne of God. He gives it to Jesus. Jesus is the central figure of this book. He holds the candle sticks on his hands and holds the keys of hades and death. Jesus is in charge of His church and those that die have assurance of Resurrection. This is an open book that should be understood because it reveals Jesus and His love

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