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Revelation 20:14

    Revelation 20:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And death and Hell were put into the sea of fire. This is the second death, even the sea of fire.

    Webster's Revision

    And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire.

    World English Bible

    Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire.

    Definitions for Revelation 20:14

    Cast - Worn-out; old; cast-off.
    Hell - The valley of Hinnom.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 20:14

    And death and hell were cast into the lake - Death himself is now abolished, and the place for separate spirits no longer needful. All dead bodies and separated souls being rejoined, and no more separation of bodies and souls by death to take place, consequently the existence of these things is no farther necessary.

    This is the second death - The first death consisted in the separation of the soul from the body for a season; the second death in the separation of body and soul from God for ever. The first death is that from which there may be a resurrection; the second death is that from which there can be no recovery. By the first the body is destroyed during time; by the second, body and soul are destroyed through eternity.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 20:14

    And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire - Death and Hades (hell) are here personified, as they are in the previous verse. The declaration is equivalent to the statement in 1 Corinthians 15:26; "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." See the notes on that passage. The idea is, that death, considered as the separation of soul and body, with all the attendant woes, will exist no more. The righteous will live forever, and the wicked will linger on in a state never to be terminated by death. The reign of Death and Hades, as such, would come to an end, and a new order of things would commence where this would be unknown. There might be what would be properly called death, but it would not be death in this form; the soul would live forever, but it would not be in that condition represented by the word ᾅδης hadēs - "hades." There would be "death" still, but a "second death differs from the first, in the fact that it is not a separation of the soul and body, but a state of "continual agony" like what the first death inflicts - like that in intensity, but not in kind" (Prof. Stuart).

    This is the second death - That is, this whole process here described - the condemnation, and the final death and ruin of those whose names are "not found written in the book of life" - properly constitutes the second death. This proves that when it is said that "death and hell were cast into the lake of fire," it cannot be meant that all punishment will cease forever, and that all will be saved, for the writer goes on to describe what he calls "the second death" as still existing. See Revelation 20:15. John describes this as the second death, not because it in all respects resembles the first death, but because it has so many points of resemblance that it may be properly called "death." Death, in any form, is the penalty of law; it is attended with pain; it cuts off from hope, from friends, from enjoyment; it subjects him who dies to a much-dreaded condition, and in all these respects it was proper to call the final condition of the wicked "death" - though it would still be true that the soul would live. There is no evidence that John meant to affirm that the second death would imply an extinction of "existence." Death never does that; the word does not naturally and properly convey that idea.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 20:14

    20:14 And death and hades were cast into the lake of fire - That is, were abolished for ever; for neither the righteous nor the wicked were to die any more: their souls and bodies were no more to be separated. Consequently, neither death nor hades could any more have a being.