Revelation 1:17

“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when I sawe him, I fell at his feete as dead: and hee laid his right hand vpon me, saying vnto mee, Feare not, I am the first, and the last.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying, Fear not; I am the first and the last,
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when I saw him, I went down on my face at his feet as one dead. And he put his right hand on me, saying, Have no fear; I am the first and the last and the Living one;
- Basic English Bible

And when I saw him I fell at his feet as dead; and he laid his right hand upon me, saying, Fear not; *I* am the first and the last,
- Darby Bible

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying to me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
- Webster's Bible

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if I were dead. But He laid His right hand upon me and said, "Do not be afraid: I am the First and the Last, and the ever-living One.
- Weymouth Bible

When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, "Don't be afraid. I am the first and the last,
- World English Bible

And whanne Y hadde seyn hym, Y felde doun at hise feet, as deed. And he puttide his riyt hond on me, and seide, Nyle thou drede; Y am the firste and the laste; and Y am alyue, and Y was deed;
- Wycliffe Bible

And when I saw him, I did fall at his feet as dead, and he placed his right hand upon me, saying to me, `Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 1:17


1:17 And I fell at his feet as dead - Human nature not being able to sustain so glorious an appearance. Thus was he prepared (like Daniel of old, whom he peculiarly resembles) for receiving so weighty a prophecy. A great sinking of nature usually precedes a large communication of heavenly things. St. John, before our Lord suffered, was so intimate with him, as to lean on his breast, to lie in his bosom. Yet now, near seventy years after, the aged apostle is by one glance struck to the ground. What a glory must this be! Ye sinners, be afraid cleanse your hands: purify your hearts. Ye saints, be humble, prepare: rejoice. But rejoice unto him with reverence: an increase of reverence towards this awful majesty can be no prejudice to your faith. Let all petulancy, with all vain curiosity, be far away, while you are thinking or reading of these things. And he laid his right hand upon me - The same wherein he held the seven stars. What did St. John then feel in himself? Saying, Fear not - His look terrifies, his speech strengthens. He does not call John by his name, (as the angels did Zechariah and others,) but speaks as his well known master. What follows is also spoken to strengthen and encourage him. I am - When in his state of humiliation he spoke of his glory, he frequently spoke in the third person, as #Matt 26:64|. But he now speaks of his own glory, without any veil, in plain and direct terms. The first and the last - That is, the one, eternal God, who is from everlasting to everlasting, #Isaiah 41:4|.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 1:17


Re 1:17 I fell at his feet as dead. Overcome with awe. No sinful man can stand before God and live; hence the impression made by the appearance of the Lord is that of terror. Fear not. But when the Lord spoke to the disciple it was with the old love. How often before had Jesus said "Fear not". I am the first and the last. See PNT "Re 1:8". The attributes claimed for Jehovah are also claimed for Christ.

Discussion for Revelation 1

  • Word
    we still have the season of the test that all that are living at that time in the flesh will have to go through and that is the 6th trump. In Daniels we were told that the vile one would come in peace as antichrist which means instead of Christ and the time was 7 years but now we know that the time was shorten to 5 months for the elect sake so let us prepare for that false messiah coming.
  • God's Girl
    Leslie: I have read this book 2 times and I have loved it so much. I agree that it is unfolding right before our eyes! I can't wait till we can go home! Life is short.
  • Leslie
    The entire book of Revelation is opening up very quickly during this very time. It is crucial that we become greater in our faith than ever before. Each and everyday, whether we live during the time that Jesus returns, or leave this life before that time. The day will come that we will all answer to God for all that we've done or didn't do in this earth to serve Him.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:13 GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS --- MARK 8:35 --- FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPELS THE SAME SHALL SAVE IT JOHN 15:14 YOU ARE MY FRIENDS -- IF -- YOU DO WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 8:22 REPENT THEREFORE OF THIS THY WICKEDNESS AND PRAY GOD IF PERHAPS THE THOUGHT OF THINE HEART MAY BE FORGIVEN --PHILIPPIANS 2:15--THAT YOU MAY BE BLAMELESS AND HARMLESS-- THE SONS OF GOD WITHOUT REBUKE IN THE MIDST OF A CROOKED AND PERVERSE NATION AMONG WHOM YOU SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THE WORLD
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:13 GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS --15:14-- YOU ARE MY FRIENDS --IF YOU DO--WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU TITUS 3:2 TO SPEAK EVIL OF NO MAN TO BE NO BRAWLERS --- BUT GENTLE --- SHOWING ALL MEEKNESS UNTO --ALL MEN-- LUKE 17:33 WHOSOEVER SHALL SEEK TO SAVE HIS LIFE---SHALL LOSE IT--- AND WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE SHALL PRESERVE IT

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