2 Peter 1:20

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any priuate Interpretation:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is {a matter} of one's own interpretation,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Being conscious in the first place that no man by himself may give a special sense to the words of the prophets.
- Basic English Bible

knowing this first, that [the scope of] no prophecy of scripture is had from its own particular interpretation,
- Darby Bible

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
- Webster's Bible

But, above all, remember that no prophecy in Scripture will be found to have come from the prophet's own prompting;
- Weymouth Bible

knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation.
- World English Bible

And firste vndurstonde ye this thing, that ech prophesie of scripture is not maad bi propre interpretacioun;
- Wycliffe Bible

this first knowing, that no prophecy of the Writing doth come of private exposition,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 1:20


1:20 Ye do well, as knowing this, that no scripture prophecy is of private interpretation - It is not any man's own word. It is God, not the prophet himself, who thereby interprets things till then unknown.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 1:20


2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first. This is a reason for giving heed to the word of prophecy. That no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. Is not an interpretation of the knowledge and feelings of the prophet, but of the will of God. The next verse shows that this is the meaning.

Discussion for 2 Peter 1:20

  • Certainly private interpretation is wrong if it goes public without the noble study of the Bereans in Acts 17:11 "Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Certainly our understanding might be wrong, but it can also be understood with God 's knowledge, if we truly believe God will answer our knock. "Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find knock, and it will be opened to you. To Joe above, How does the Catholic Church, Protestant churches, or anyone for that matter, square themselves with 2 Peter 1:20? Answer: Acts 17: 11 above, but they have to be honest with themselves and not their traditional doctrines of men. After all if we understand private interpretation is wrong than why do we have one Bible and one God and have hundreds of conflicting teaching and practices if we are all following God 's Understanding Roams 16:16.
  • This is so wonderful to read. A friend of mine is telling me that I cannot understand the Word of God without someone to teach me, and I say not the case. All that I need is the instruction of the bible which spells things out very clearly.
  • thank you for this honor, to hear in us what the Lord is saying in us in His word. 2 Peter 1:20. it is clear that this word is from God confirming by the word of God in John 1:1 The Word was with God, and the Word was God. This proves that nothing comes from man but all these are from above, i mean from God. nothing is from man but all comes from Him who loved us for better life, for his is Life, the way and the truth of all things. only thing confirms that through us it is the Spirit of God that propels us to say hidden things of God. its Gods Spirit that put Gods Spirit in us to speak the future.
  • Russell Hyde for verse 20
    Thank you. I feel that the true meaning will come to a person over time. The only two things that one needs, is his bible and his faith in the lord. I work with a man who receives interpretations from the mouth of Benny Hinn.I don't have a lot of understanding of the word of god yet, but I know in my heart that this man is spreading the WRONG message.
  • Slightly different interpretations of certain verses have lead to the explosion of Christian sub-sects beginning in the early 1500's when the bible was first translated into a common language for non-priests to read for themselves. When the poor and the needy read the bible, they will undoubtedly view many verses in a different light than the lavishly wealthy priests, bishops, and cardinals. At the time, it was the single biggest problem to the Catholic church. No longer was the public forced to obtain their scripture from the filtered lens of those were supposedly "closer to god". This particular verse demonstrates how the author knew that the bible would be used to oppress others, and that the easiest way to continue this oppression is to prevent the m***es from reading it for themselves.
  • The moment someone tries to say that they truly believe that this, (whatever scripture they are trying to interpret), is totally out of context with the word of God. The interpretations are from the word of God. The word of God is full proof.

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