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Revelation 20:2

“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee laid hold on the dragon that old serpent, which is the deuill and Satan, and bound him a thousand yeres,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he took the dragon, the old snake, which is the Evil One and Satan, and put chains on him for a thousand years,
- Basic English Bible

And he laid hold of the dragon, the ancient serpent who is [the] devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
- Darby Bible

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.
- Webster's Bible

He laid hold of the Dragon--the ancient serpent--who is the Devil and the Adversary, and bound him for a thousand years, and hurled him into the bottomless pit.
- Weymouth Bible

He seized the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole inhabited earth, and bound him for a thousand years,
- World English Bible

And he cauyte the dragoun, the elde serpent, that is the deuel and Sathanas; and he boonde hym bi a thousynde yeeris.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, who is Devil and Adversary, and did bind him a thousand years,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:2

20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon - With whom undoubtedly his angels were now cast into the bottomless pit, as well as finally into everlasting fire, #Matt 25:41|. And bound him a thousand years - That these thousand do not precede, or run parallel with, but wholly follow, the times of the beast, may manifestly appear, 1. From the series of the whole book, representing one continued chain of events. 2. From the circumstances which precede. The woman's bringing forth is followed by the casting of the dragon out of heaven to the earth. With this is connected the third woe, whereby the dragon through, and with, the beast, rages horribly. At the conclusion of the third woe the beast is overthrown and cast into the lake of fire. At the same time the other grand enemy, the dragon, shall be bound and shut up. 3. These thousand years bring a new, full, and lasting immunity from all outward and inward evils, the authors of which are now removed, and an affluence of all blessings. But such time the church has never yet seen. Therefore it is still to come. 4. These thousand years are followed by the last times of the world, the letting loose of Satan, who gathers together Gog and Magog, and is thrown to the beast and false prophet in the lake of fire. Now Satan's accusing the saints in heaven, his rage on earth, his imprisonment in the abyss, his seducing Gog and Magog, and being cast into the lake of fire, evidently succeed each other. 5. What occurs from #Rev 20:11 |- Rev 22:5, manifestly follows the things related in the nineteenth chapter. The thousand years came between; whereas if they were past, neither the beginning nor the end of them would fall within this period. In a short time those who assert that they are now at hand will appear to have spoken the truth. Meantime let every man consider what kind of happiness he expects therein. The danger does not lie in maintaining that the thousand years are yet to come; but in interpreting them, whether past or to come, in a gross and carnal sense. The doctrine of the Son of God is a mystery. So is his cross; and so is his glory. In all these he is a sign that is spoken against. Happy they who believe and confess him in all!

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:2

Re 20:2 He laid hold on the dragon . . . and bound him for a thousand years. The chain (Re 20:1) I suppose to be the Word of God. At this period of the triumph of righteousness the gospel takes such hold of the hearts of men that Satan loses his powers over them. We can easily see how this is accomplished by what takes place under our own eyes. A man may be drunken and lawless, but if he repents under the influence of the gospel he ceases to serve Satan. The devil loses his power over that man. When that period shall come for which the saints in all ages have wistfully looked, when the laws of God shall be written upon every heart, then Satan, bound with a chain, the chain of truth, shall be deprived of influence on the earth.

Discussion for Revelation 20

  • Al
    I guess that means Jesus is the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but through Him. And without Him we can do nothing. I've seen children who were lost or separated from their parents at the store, mall, dept. store, etc. When the children are and reunited with their loved ones they are always crying. Being lost and alone is perhaps the scariest state of mind there is for a little child completely severed from the only love he she knows. I couldn't imagine being eternally separated from my Creator. we weren't designed for that.
  • Will
    Death in the Great Book always refers to separation not inialation.. Eternal beings are eternal which be its very definition cannot be uneternal through inialation. The spirit separated from the Spirit in Gen 3.. The spirit separated from the body all the way through the Scriptures until ressurected together for judgement.. Rev 20 speaks of the final or second separation which is eternal separation from the presence of our Great Creator
  • Shurlan
    Revelations chapter 20 speaks about the first and second death, this shows there is a death off the body and also death to the sole. In the end when everyone is judged by God, there will be the fortunate ones and the unfortunate ones in other words the good people and the bad . The last verse speaks about hell and death being cast into the lake of fire were it will no longer exist . So the answer is yes you need to live a righteous life to gain everlasting life and the glories of God, and if you failed to do so and not accept the salvation of God through Jesus Christ your soul will be eradicated in the second death . Evil will pay the price for being what it is because it does not belong in the presence of good, it's just a matter of time when it will all be set into place .
  • James Hayes
    i have been struggling with my own identity lately since I am seeing with the right eyes now that I took my glasses off And my senses have seemed to be fused together. Wanted to help out on a larger scale but guess I gotta start building my own arc first.... Thank you for this... I needed it to help me stay focused on the right path that was already payed out for me
  • Butch guillotte for verse 3
    All the people born in the thousand year mill. Will have to be tried, to see if they want to serve The Lord or serve the devil. Most of them are going to serve the devil, just like it is today.
    we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, the Bible does say all who believe in Jesus and he is the son of God will be saved? Now you have to live a certain way to be saved?

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