2 Peter 1:21

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the prophecie came not in olde time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moued by the holy Ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For these words did not ever come through the impulse of men: but the prophets had them from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

for prophecy was not ever uttered by [the] will of man, but holy men of God spake under the power of [the] Holy Spirit.
- Darby Bible

For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

for never did any prophecy come by human will, but men sent by God spoke as they were impelled by the Holy Spirit.
- Weymouth Bible

For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.
- World English Bible

for prophesie was not brouyt ony tyme bi mannus wille, but the hooli men of God inspirid with the Hooli Goost spaken.
- Wycliffe Bible

for not by will of man did ever prophecy come, but by the Holy Spirit borne on holy men of God spake.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 1:21


1:21 For prophecy came not of old by the will of man - Of any mere man whatever. But the holy men of God - Devoted to him, and set apart by him for that purpose, spake and wrote. Being moved - Literally, carried. They were purely passive therein.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 1:21


2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man. No scriptural prophecy is due to the will of man, But holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost. But all came from men speaking from God when moved by the Holy Spirit. Prophecy is God's word, not the words of man.

Discussion for 2 Peter 1

  • Steve morrow
    ( a disciple ) 2 peter 3 according as HIS divine power ---hath given--- unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of HIM that hath called us to glory and virtue john 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you yhey are spirit and they are life ecc 8:4 where the word of a king is there is power.......
  • Irene123
    Dear Brianna - I wasn't 'interpreting' scripture; it was just simply an interesting observation; I didn't 'change' any meanings.
  • Brianna
    vs. 20-21
    This places great responsibility on Bible translators and teachers. We need to do our research and get God's thinking on the scriptures before we try to explain it. By doing research we will be able to give an accurate answer. We do not want to be interpreting the Bible based on our flawed human philosophy.
  • 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

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