Revelation 3:7

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And to the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia write, These things saith he that is Holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of Dauid, he that openeth, and no man shutteth, and shutteth, and no man openeth;
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and none shall shut, and that shutteth and none openeth:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia say: These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, opening the door so that it may be shut by no one, and shutting it so that it may be open to no one.
- Basic English Bible

And to the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia write: These things saith the holy, the true; he that has the key of David, he who opens and no one shall shut, and shuts and no one shall open:
- Darby Bible

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth:
- Webster's Bible

To the minister of the Church at Philadelphia write as follows: `This is what the holy One and the true says--He who has the key of David--He who opens and no one shall shut, and shuts and no one shall open.
- Weymouth Bible

To the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says these things:
- World English Bible

And to the aungel of the chirche of Filadelfie write thou, These thingis seith the hooli and trewe, that hath the keie of Dauid; which openeth, and no man closith, he closith, and no man openith.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And to the messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write: These things saith he who is holy, he who is true, he who is having the key of David, he who is opening and no one doth shut, and he shutteth and no one doth open!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 3:7


3:7 The holy one, the true one - Two great and glorious names He that hath the key of David - A master of a family, or a prince, has one or more keys, wherewith he can open and shut all the doors of his house or palace. So had David a key, a token of right and sovereignty, which was afterward adjudged to Eliakim, #Isaiah 22:22|. Much more has Christ, the Son of David, the key of the spiritual city of David, the New Jerusalem; the supreme right, power, and authority, as in his own house. He openeth this to all that overcome, and none shutteth: he shutteth it against all the fearful, and none openeth. Likewise when he openeth a door on earth for his works or his servants, none can shut; and when he shutteth against whatever would hurt or defile, none can open.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 3:7


Re 3:7 THE CHURCH AT PHILADELPHIA The church in Philadelphia. This city was in the interior, southeast of Sardis, and had never attained the eminence of most of the other seats of the Seven Churches. That the church itself was poor and wanting in worldly endowments seems to be indicated by Re 3:8. Yet this church and that of Smyrna alone escape censure. Philadelphia is yet a city of 18,000 inhabitants, though bearing a Turkish name, has five churches and a Christian population of about 3,000. He that hath the key of David. See PNT "Re 1:18". The key of the kingdom of God as the Son of David. Hence he only opens and shuts, or determines who shall enter in, or be shut out.

Discussion for Revelation 3

  • Word
    God watches the churches to this day and the messengers report to Him. There are two churches that God loved 2 vs 9 and 3 vs 9 because they knew the key of David.
  • Agnes
    I do agree with Charles to an extent. The 7 churches definitely speaks of people today. Not so much as different generations but different types of people living in every generation. You will find some of every one of those churches in this day and age as well as in the past.
  • CHARLES ROBERT NORTHUP
    I perceive thru the Spirit that the seven Churches are seven periods or generations of the Church that depicted the condition of their times,and can be used to tell how close the end is,by comparing our lifestyle to the correct Church,(of the 7),spoken of in Rev..
  • Word
    Paula Muncey that verse is for those that wait for the true CHRIST. Many Christians will go with the world when the first false messiah shows up with supernatural powers. Satan will deceive the world with power and looking like the Lamb but he is the dragon speaking lies with twisting the scriptures. And that is not hard to do with the preachers we have today helping him and getting the people ready for Satans deception.
  • Paula Muncey
    Look at Revelation 3:10 again. In the Greek the word keep means to guard from loss or injury. The word from means the point in time when an action begins. So we could understand this verse to mean guarding from injury starting at the hour of temptation. In other words, one could actually understand this verse to mean that God protects His people during the Tribulation.
  • Rodion Ponomariev for verse 16
    Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

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