Revelation 20:12

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I sawe the dead, small and great, stand before God: and the books were opened: & another booke was opened, which is the booke of life: and the dead were iudged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is {the book} of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is `the book' of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw the dead, great and small, taking their places before the high seat; and the books were open, and another book was open, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by the things which were in the books, even by their works.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is [that] of life. And the dead were judged out of the things written in the books according to their works.
- Darby Bible

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.
- Webster's Bible

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing in front of the throne. And books were opened; and so was another book--namely, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged by the things recorded in the books in accordance with what their conduct had been.
- Weymouth Bible

I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.
- World English Bible

And Y sai deed men, grete and smale, stondynge in the siyt of the trone; and bookis weren opened, and deed men weren demed of these thingis that weren writun in the bookis, aftir the werkis of hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and scrolls were opened, and another scroll was opened, which is that of the life, and the dead were judged out of the things written in the scrolls -- according to their works;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:12


20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small - Of every age and condition. This includes, also, those who undergo a change equivalent to death, #1Cor 15:51|. And the books - Human judges have their books written with pen and ink: how different is the nature of these books! Were opened - O how many hidden things will then come to light; and how many will have quite another appearance than they had before in the sight of men! With the book of God's omniscience, that of conscience will then exactly tally. The book of natural law, as well as of revealed, will then also be displayed. It is not said, The books will be read: the light of that day will make them visible to all. Then, particularly, shall every man know himself, and that with the last exactness This will be the first true, full, impartial, universal history. And another book - Wherein are enrolled all that are accepted through the Beloved; all who lived and died in the faith that worketh by love. Which is the book of life, was opened - What manner of expectation will then be, with regard to the issue of the whole! #Mal 3:16|, &c.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:12


Re 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great. As we learn from Re 20:13, the dead of every land, of earth, and sea and "hades" deliver their dead and all come to judgment. The books were opened. The records that contain all the deeds of men. And another book was opened, which is [the book of] life. The book of life in which the names of the saints are recorded. From these books all are judged according to their works.

Discussion for Revelation 20:12

  • We all going to be judge on everything we do in this world so first we need to make shore that our name is in the book of live and second that we do all the commandments that Jesus told us to do throw the apostle.
  • I love the idea that we are writing our own book. That feels so good, so right. It also feels right that the book of Life records belongs to Jesus Christ as God promised him all those who would accept him. But we are all sinners and we will all be judged by what is written in our own book. And the fact that non-Christians will also be judged by their works is wonderful news indeed. It sounds like God knows that there are those who have lived good lives, and why should they live their lives just to lose them, while there are those who loudly proclaim to belong to Christ but abuse little children and do other heinous crimes. God is just!
  • I try not to comment unless scripture is the foundation. The understanding I get is these books are for those who have accepted Christ "Book Of Life". Then there are books opened for those who do not know Him as Lord and Savior. They are judged from the things they have done; their works, (better put, the way they live their life in sin without Christ). In Noah's time, Sodom and Gomorrah's time, Nineveh, and others in the Bible, God's judgment had to do with sin. Therefore those who are found in the Book of Life are excluded from the books which may be the records of the unsaved persons’ sins.
  • JAMIE MIRANDA for verse 12
    I am confused. I thought we were not to be judged for our works but by our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ the son of God, and that he died for our sins on the cross. I understand our works should reflect our love of Christ and our life in Him but that none of us gets into heaven by our works.
  • Everyone is writing a book and they will be judged by their works. Everyone has had a vision dream or day vision and then seen it come to pass. That is because we were all made in the image of GOD. and He poured out his spirit in Acts 2, and is still doing so today. So the books will be in real time visual on judgment day. If you can read a story and see the story line in your mind, then you know how you book is going to be displayed.

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