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

  • Ray321
    All scripture is good to learn from. Revelation is a that we will need if we miss the Rapture. Romans through Philemon is for today. We are saved thru grace in Jesus. Just food for thought. ...
  • Word
    Two witnesses will come and they have power. When the elect are being delivered up to death which is Satan acting as God returned the elect will have the Holy Spirit speaking through them so you want to listen to what they say.
  • Word
    10 nation haven't made an agreement where one pulls out causing a deadly wound that brings Satan who is kicked out of heaven to earth that joins the 10 back together. Satan as antichrist instead of Christ has not stood in Jerusalem claiming to be God yet and that won't happen until he, Satan comes in peace shows off his supernatural powers and the world will chase after him worshipping him. WAIT.
  • Abe
    Gene, Revelation is very easily understood book. Many misinterpret as future happenings when truly it is the revelation of Jesus Christ and tells of our Christian warfare between God and Satan. It is not future but what we go through now.
  • Kim
    We are so very blessed to know him and to be loved by him
  • Bruce
    Brenda: without Him I could do nothing. I was headed for hell! He tugged on my heart and told me I need Him. At least five times He called before I ask forgiveness. That night the best sleep ever, I woke up to a new world. Heavyweight,going, I didn't know I had. He gave me a New Heart and a New Mind and a love for His Word! 2Corinthians 5:17. That's who I am,saved by The Blood of The Lamb!