Revelation 1:18

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I am hee that liueth, and was dead: and behold, I am aliue for euermore, Amen, and haue the keyes of hell and of death.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I was dead, and see, I am living for ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hell.
- Basic English Bible

and the living one: and I became dead, and behold, I am living to the ages of ages, and have the keys of death and of hades.
- Darby Bible

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
- Webster's Bible

I died; but I am now alive until the Ages of the Ages, and I have the keys of the gates of Death and of Hades!
- Weymouth Bible

and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.
- World English Bible

and lo! Y am lyuynge in to worldis of worldis, and Y haue the keyes of deth and of helle.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 1:18


1:18 And he that liveth - Another peculiar title of God. And I have the keys of death and of hades - That is, the invisible world. In the intermediate state, the body abides in death, the soul in hades. Christ hath the keys of, that is, the power over, both; killing or quickening of the body, and disposing of the soul, as it pleaseth him. He gave St. Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven; but not the keys of death or of hades. How comes then his supposed successor at Rome by the keys of purgatory? From the preceding description, mostly, are taken the titles given to Christ in the following letters, particularly the four first.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 1:18


Re 1:18 He that liveth, and was dead. Put to death but living. And have the keys of hell and of death. "The keys of death and of Hades" (Revised Version). Not only a victor over death, but the very gates of death and Hades are under his control. Hence he can deliver from the dead whom he will.

Discussion for Revelation 1

  • 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
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 10:16 BEHOLD I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES BE YOU THEREFORE WISE AS SERPENTS AND --HARMLESS-- AS DOVES 1 PETER 4:15 BUT LET NONE OF YOU --SUFFER AS A MURDERER-- OR AS A THIEF OR AS AN EVIL DOER OR AS A BUSY BODY IN OTHER MENS MATTERS***2 TIMOTHY 2:24 AND THE SERVANT OF THE LORD MUST NOT STRIVE --- BUT BE GENTLE --- UNTO ALL MEN --- APT TO TEACH PATIENT