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 for Key
From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Key
     frequently mentioned in Scripture. It is called in Hebrew
     _maphteah_, i.e., the opener (Judg. 3:25); and in the Greek New
     Testament _kleis_, from its use in shutting (Matt. 16:19; Luke
     11:52; Rev. 1:18, etc.). Figures of ancient Egyptian keys are
     frequently found on the monuments, also of Assyrian locks and
     keys of wood, and of a large size (comp. Isa. 22:22).
     
       The word is used figuratively of power or authority or office
     (Isa. 22:22; Rev. 3:7; Rev. 1:8; comp. 9:1; 20:1; comp. also
     Matt. 16:19; 18:18). The "key of knowledge" (Luke 11:52; comp.
     Matt. 23:13) is the means of attaining the knowledge regarding
     the kingdom of God. The "power of the keys" is a phrase in
     general use to denote the extent of ecclesiastical authority.
     

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