2 Peter 1:16

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For wee haue not followed cunningly deuised fables, when wee made knowen vnto you the power and comming of our Lord Iesus Christ, but were eye witnesses of his Maiestie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For when we gave you news of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our teaching was not based on stories put together by art, but we were eye-witnesses of his glory.
- Basic English Bible

For we have not made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, following cleverly imagined fables, but having been eyewitnesses of *his* majesty.
- Darby Bible

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty.
- Webster's Bible

For when we made known to you the power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not eagerly following cleverly devised legends, but we had been eye-witnesses of His majesty.
- Weymouth Bible

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
- World English Bible

For we not suynge vnwise talis, han maad knowun to you the vertu and the biforknowyng of oure Lord Jhesu Crist; but we weren maad biholderis of his greetnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

For, skilfully devised fables not having followed out, we did make known to you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but eye-witnesses having become of his majesty --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 1:16


1:16 These things are worthy to be always had in remembrance For they are not cunningly devised fables - Like those common among the heathens. While we made known to you the power and coming - That is, the powerful coming of Christ in glory. But if what they advanced of Christ was not true, if it was of their own invention, then to impose such a lie on the world as it was, in the very nature of things, above all human power to defend, and to do this at the expense of life and all things only to enrage the whole world, Jews and gentiles, against them, was no cunning, but was the greatest folly that men could have been guilty of. But were eyewitnesses of his majesty - At his transfiguration, which was a specimen of his glory at the last day.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 1:16


2Pe 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables. There was no mistake or doubt about the gospel, no such fables as the myths of the Gentiles. When we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord. Preached the coming into the world and the divine power of Christ. But were eyewitnesses of his majesty. Since the apostles were personal witnesses of Christ's glory, they knew whereof they spoke.

Discussion for 2 Peter 1

  • Lilian
    Jesus himself is the word of God. He who drinks the living water shall never be thirsty. This is the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks to Jesus for shedding his blood to us so that all may have life in abundance. God's words are more important to meditate than prayers. God's words are more powerful than the edge of the sword.
  • Virgil Larson for verse 19
    Which is it? We have also a more sure word of prophecy or So we have the prophetic word made more sure, I cannot tell since I am not a greek scholar, But I do know which one makes more sense to me, and I do appreciate that the American Standard version indicates that the words so and made are supplied suggesting to me that even the translators are not that sure. I feel it is very significant that Peter s experience at the transfiguration did not sustain him during the events of the crucifixion. . Because of his faulty understanding of prophecy Peter denied Jesus. Nicodemus on the other hand remembered the words of Jesus, the son of man must be lifted up and boldly came forward. The words of Jesus to his disciples I am telling you before it comes to pass so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He, came true for Nicodemus. But even though the disciples on the road to Emmaus had heard that Jesus was raised from the dead, they were still deeply depressed because of a faulty understand of prophecy. So Jesus hid his identity until after he gave them a through bible study on prophecy. Luke 24:13-25. Previously Jesus taught that an understanding of prophecy will protect believers from the overwhelming deception of false teachers and false Christs who will work great sings and wonders. Our safety is in the word of God, not miracles. Matthew 24 Mark 13, Revelation 13.
  • Pst. Evergreat for verse 19
    Let's understand the word SURE it means certain, reliable, confirmed. Base on this fact there is no word of the scripture that is not reliable, certain and without confirmation, as written in Jer. 1vs12: "...For I will hasten my word to perform it". If there is no assurance of the word then it's not of God, for every word of God is a prophecy that is reliable.
  • Isaiah Ayoola for verse 5
    "Giving all diligence" means to be painstaking, this is to say that you must be ready to give all it takes to add virtue moral excellence to your faith in God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Moral excellence make us a genuine born again Christian. Faith that doesn't correspond with Godly moral excellence living is fake. "Not all that call me Lord Lord will be saved" Jesus said. May we not miss heaven in Jesus name. Amen
  • Dwight Hartmark for verse 19
    The Bible in its completed state, is reliable above anything else. Even more than centuries of tradition. The Bible is to be valued and trusted over our very own personal experiences.
  • Ruth Pollard
    I lead me to believe that I am to constantly to study Gods' word and believe every word spoken by the prophets which was inspired by the Holy Ghost and Jesus Christ which came from our Lord and saviour Jehovah as known as Yahweh. Know that we must trust in God for everything, knowing God gave his son Jesus Christ all keys , that when we knock the door will be open, ask and it shall be given, seek and you will find. Remember that our saviour Jesus Christ was given all keys, the last keys was taken was to death and he'll which will be destroyed at the resurrection it will be destroyed with Satan and all evil. No more sickness , crying, death, worrying, hunger, fear, pain and hate, nothing but love for one another, under one government that is the kingdom of God. Blessed to see the day comes when we are all one more wars heaven here on earth. Amen and Amen.Faith is the substance of things hope for , the evidence of things not seen. Christ gives me hope. I walk by faith not by sight. Lord keep me faithful. Let me not lean toward my own understanding, but in all things acknowledge the Lord, you will direct my path. Help me with my faith , trust, and understanding. Knowing that you will work things out in my favor. You will never leave me alone nor would you forsake me, You will be with me to the end of the world and the beginning of the new world to come. Thank you so very much, Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Again I apologize for my sins, redeem me to you today and forever more, Amen and again I say Amen. Bless my family, bless our finances.

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