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

  • Bruce
    Faith: If one could stop all these things you mentioned they still won't get into the kingdom. If They put a end to world hunger,all wars, all sickness, homelessness. They still have no hope.
    Only by The Blood of The Lamb is there a Way.Called:John 6:44, Cleansed:1John 19. Baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire:Matthew 3:11. You will know:2Corinthians 5:17. Impossible not to know!
  • Joan Travick
    Notice in verse l, GOD reveals HIS plans of destruction to HIS servants, not to all. Before HE destroyed Sodom, HE revealed it to Abram (Abraham); before the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus, HE revealed it to Elizabeth and Mary. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice and another they will not follow." HE has an unmistakable sound and quality to his voice. You can also see HIM when HE speaks.
  • Joan Travick
    Notice in verse 1: GOD reveals his plans to HIS servants, not to all. Before HE destroyed Sodom, He revealed to Abraham; before the birth of John the Baptist
  • Pastor. Shafiq Masih Gill
    Respected, Friends, greetings in the mighty name of JESUS. King James i like the most because this is authentic and translated with good English.
  • Joan Travick
    We are in the last days wherein GOD is revealing everyone for who and what they really are, especially those who profess to be Christians and are warming themselves at the enemies fire. If you claim to belong to Jesus Christ, and is always siding against GOD's word, you are deceiving yourself and not GOD. Jesus said, "If you have done it unto the least of these, ... you have done it unto me."
  • God's Girl
    Dear Faith Coke,
    Is it okay to have those things, or do we have to not have them to get into Heaven? I think you were meaning that you should not have anything above God, right?

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