Revelation 20:1

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I saw an Angel come down from heauen, hauing the key of the bottomles pit, & a great chaine in his hand.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the great deep and a great chain in his hand.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw an angel descending from the heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a great chain in his hand.
- Darby Bible

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
- Webster's Bible

Then I saw an angel coming down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and upon his arm he carried a great chain.
- Weymouth Bible

I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
- World English Bible

And Y say an aungel comynge doun fro heuene, hauynge the keie of depnesse, and a greet chayne in his hoond.
- Wycliffe Bible

And I saw a messenger coming down out of the heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a great chain over his hand,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:1


20:1 And I saw an angel decending out of heaven - Coming down with a commission from God. Jesus Christ himself overthrew the beast: the proud dragon shall be bound by an angel; even as he and his angels were cast out of heaven by Michael and his angels. Having the key of the bottomless pit - Mentioned before, #Rev 9:1|. And a great chain in his hand - The angel of the bottomless pit was shut up therein before the beginning of the first woe. But it is now first that Satan, after he had occasioned the third woe, is both chained and shut up.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:1


Re 20:1 The Millennium SUMMARY OF REVELATION 20: Satan Bound for a Thousand Years. Thrones and Saints Reigning with Christ. The First Resurrection. Satan Loosed at the End of a Thousand Years. The Gathering of Gog and Magog and of the Nations. Their Attack Upon the Saints. Their Destruction. The Devil Cast into the Lake of Fire. The Great Judgment. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit. "Having the key of the abyss" (Revised Version). The abyss is named in Re 9:1,11 11:7 17:8. It is the present abode of Satan and his evil spirits. The things seen by John are symbolical. They imply that in some way the power of Satan shall be virtually destroyed upon the earth. And a great chain in his hand. See PNT "Re 20:2".

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