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

  • Sharon
    We cannot begin to imagine how we have gone astray from god but to die is gain in Christ. We see how Satan that wicked adversary is roaming seeking who he will devour.Friends my question to you is where would you spend your eternity? Where death meet you judgment is there .So is your life hidden in Christ? I say to the whole world make your calling and election sure, find Jesus-quickly. Repent.
  • A disciple
    Celia; Christians are not mistaken about the symbolic name that God has given to that father of lies and adversary of all truth! God who made the serpent knows what is its nature, using that to describe the devil. It has been common knowledge from ancient times who is the Serpent! “And he laid hold on THE DRAGON, THAT OLD SERPENT, which is THE DEVIL, and SATAN, and bound him a thousand years,”
  • Katrina
    Souls we are to tell people about Jesus and what he did for them at Calvary he died for all so we wouldn't have to end up in a devil's hell he said who so ever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved not hopefully or maybe but shall believe on the Lord God , souls,souls Souls for the kingdom of God we are to tell others of him and pray also for souls
  • A disciple
    Dejvi Kadivnik; Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. The Spirit said through David in Psalm 139:8 "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Isaiah 40:22 "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.." From God's vantage point in the heights He beholds all the children of men; and time is subject to eternity. So too your questions!
  • A disciple
    Ron; did you ever read closely Ezekiel 16; particularly the last 10 verses or so? There are a couple of very interesting things you may like. First, about Sodom; that most to this day only associate it with perversion and unrestrained lechery. But the way God describes her sins, it totally sounds like much of the modern world around us! Also, God plans to restore people to their former estate.
  • Ron
    Everything comes full circle, what God started in Eden will be fullfilled. It appears that People will be born in eternity. Note, there are millions of flesh and blood survivors on earth at vs 8-10 that do not die. All the Jews survive and I assume a remnant of gentiles. Thus you have Rev. 21:24-26 and Rev. 22:2 - the Tree of Life. satan's stunt in Genesis was only a temporary road block for God.

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