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

  • Irene123
    I s'pose that this is appropo of - nothing, but I just noticed v. 14 - which harkens back to Jn. 21:19. 1 Pet. is yrs. later from Jn.21:19. I don't imagine Peter 'caught' Jesus' drift right at the time, but by now he's 'experienced' enough - he understands. It's beautiful how the Lord shows you things in His word. I'd never 'connected' these two before now.
  • George mumba
    Mark 4vs10 says the knowledge to know the secret of the kingdom of heaven!by the spirit of God a Christian doesn't given a limit where to reach in the grace,because the more you grow in the grace of God the more His spirit become active in performing wonders such that you will go beyond your spirit gift,I the bible say I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me!
  • J
    "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15
  • MockingBird
    Grace is given to the humble : More Grace is given to the more humble : Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up. Peace is multiplied through the knowledge of God's word . I believe to have a close walk with God is to have time in His word and in prayer.
  • Mochael Jones
    It is true what2 Pt1:2 saysYou will only abound in grace and peace of God and of Jesus christ if you learn of.A similar scripture is given in psalm 92 vrs 13
  • BSP
    If we cultivate and practice the things mentioned in verses 5 through 8 this will prevent us from becoming unfruitful or inactive.

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