2 Peter 1:20


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

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of 2 Peter 1:20

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any priuate Interpretation:”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of 2 Peter chapter 1

“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

“Understanding this first, that no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation. ”
Douay Rheims 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


Trapp's comment on 2020-04-13 19:44:37:

I totally agree with you. Interpretation of scripture, does not come from man but from God (by his Spirit. Romans 8:8-9. The Bible itself is the inspired Word of God and men wrote the bible as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. So even the prophets of old ( Moses, David King Solomon, etc) those that wrote scripture, did not write of themselves, but wrote as the Spirit of God rested on them.


Lou's comment on 2015-07-17 13:49:24:

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.


Greg's comment on 2015-05-31 14:38:45:

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.


sipho's comment on 2014-02-02 13:30:37:

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's comment on 2013-12-02 11:54:14:

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.


Alvin's comment on 2012-12-06 18:33:44:

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.


Bob Garrett's comment on 2012-05-28 01:05:48:

The Bible is self interpreting, using letter writing
rule, anybody can readily understand its meaning and
continue to proclaim it as ordered.
The rule is:
The historical data- the who it's from and to or when
The doctrinal data or instruction or personal like
the Pauline epistles i.e. Bridegroom letters to us
the church or bride of Jesus Christ our Lord.
The spiritual data or devotional that ties the
entire Old and New Testament - Comparing scripture
with scripture with none of your lawyering.

Don't play God, Allow him to play you. God uses
prayer and scripture study and meditation to use
you properly and at the right exact moment.


Joe's comment on 2010-11-27 05:24:04:

This verse clearly shows that any private interpretation of Scripture is wrong. This then says that the Protestant view of sola scriptura is invalid because there is no one Protestant authority that has the divine right to explain Scripture. If the Protestant view is that Scripture is the divine word of God, then how do they square themselves with this verse 2 Peter 1:20?


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