1 Peter 1:10
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New International Version
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,

New Living Translation
This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you.

English Standard Version
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,

Berean Study Bible
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who foretold the grace that would come to you, searched and investigated carefully,

Berean Literal Bible
Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought out and searched out diligently, having prophesied of the grace toward you,

New American Standard Bible
As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,

King James Bible
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated.

International Standard Version
Even the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours, carefully researched and investigated this salvation.

NET Bible
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully.

New Heart English Bible
Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
About which Life The Prophets have investigated, when they prophesied about the grace that was going to be given to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The prophets carefully researched and investigated this salvation. Long ago they spoke about God's kindness that would come to you.

New American Standard 1977
As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of which saving health the prophets, (who prophesied of the grace that was to come in you) have enquired and searched diligently;

King James 2000 Bible
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

American King James Version
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to you:

American Standard Version
Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that'should come unto you:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you.

Darby Bible Translation
Concerning which salvation prophets, who have prophesied of the grace towards you, sought out and searched out;

English Revised Version
Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

Webster's Bible Translation
Concerning which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to you:

Weymouth New Testament
There were Prophets who earnestly inquired about that salvation, and closely searched into it--even those who spoke beforehand of the grace which was to come to you.

World English Bible
Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,

Young's Literal Translation
concerning which salvation seek out and search out did prophets who concerning the grace toward you did prophecy,
Study Bible
A Living Hope
9now that you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who foretold the grace that would come to you, searched and investigated carefully, 11trying to determine the time and setting to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:17
For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Matthew 26:24
The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed. It would be better for him if he had not been born."

Luke 10:24
For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore prepare your minds for action. Be sober-minded. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:19
We also have the message of the prophets, which has been confirmed beyond doubt. And you will do well to pay attention to this message, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Treasury of Scripture

Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to you:

which.

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall …

Zechariah 6:12 And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, …

Matthew 13:17 For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have …

Luke 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see …

Luke 24:25-27 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that …

Luke 24:44 And he said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you, while …

Acts 3:22-24 For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your …

Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they …

Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever …

Acts 13:27-29 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not…

Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into …

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

and.

1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which …

Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, …

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: …

John 7:52 They answered and said to him, Are you also of Galilee? Search, …

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

the grace.

Hebrews 11:13,40 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having …

(10) Now St. Peter brings his doctrine home to the hearts of his readers of the Dispersion, by showing them how scriptural it is. Surely they will not "draw back" (Hebrews 10:39), but believe on to the purchasing of their souls, when they consider that all the prophets looked forward with envy to the prize now in their hands.

(10) Of which salvation.--The "of" stands for "concerning," "with regard to"; and the salvation which formed the subject of investigation to the prophets was the present deliverance of the believing soul from sin and gloom, as well as the salvation yet future. It is difficult not to believe that the song of Zacharias was in St. Peter's mind when he thus wrote; the theme of that song is precisely the glory of present salvation through Christ, and the fulfilment of prophecy thereby: "Blessed be the Lord God . . . who hath raised up a horn of salvation for us . . ., as He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets,--salvation from our enemies . . ., that we might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days; and thou too, little child, shalt be called a prophet . . . to give knowledge of salvation unto His people."

Have enquired and searched diligently.--Rather, did inquire; for our present version tends to convey the notion that the prophetic writings which we now possess are the result of the inquiry. This would be wrong. Calvin rightly says: "When he states that the prophets inquired and examined, this refers not to their writings or teaching, but to the private longing with which each was fired." In fact, St. Peter goes on to say that the writings which the Holy Spirit impelled them to make were actually the text on which their longings were the comment: they endeavoured to understand what they themselves had written. The two Greek words give a much more lively picture than the English, of the intense eagerness of the search, and of the depth to which it penetrated. If these great prophets took such pains to understand our present salvation, we ought to take heed not to "let it slip." Precisely the same argument is used for precisely the same purpose by our Lord in Matthew 13:16-17.

Who prophesied of the grace.--This is a description of the prophetic scriptures. The whole subject of the Old Testament is the bounty of God under the New; and this was what the prophets tried to realise.

The grace that should come unto you.--Perhaps the words in italics might be with advantage changed into, "the grace in reserve for you:" the word is the same as in 1Peter 1:4. "Grace" here seems to mean little more than "favour" or "bounty," not the ordinary theological sense. The "favour" consists in our salvation.

Verse 10. - Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently; rather, prophets inquired and searched. There is no article, and the verbs are aorist. St. Peter illustrates the glory and greatness of our salvation (mark how he loves to repeat the word) by showing that it was the subject of the searching study of prophets and of the contemplation of angels. St. Peter was a diligent student of the prophetic books, and constantly quotes them, both in his Epistles and in his speeches recorded in the Acts. Here he gives us a very remarkable glimpse into the conditions of the prophetic consciousness. The scheme of our salvation was in some way revealed to the prophets; the mode of the revelation, whether by vision or otherwise, is not made known to us. Every point of contact between the infinite and the finite is enveloped in mystery; we can only know the fact - there was such a revelation. That salvation was so magnificent a prospect that it concentrated upon itself the rapt attention and deepest interest of those to whom the promise was revealed. Prophets inquired and searched diligently. The revelation was real, but it was not complete, not distinct in its details. God revealed so much of the coming salvation as was sufficient to support his servants in their trials, and to quicken their faith in the Messiah. Prophets searched diligently, as miners seeking treasure; they prayed, and thought, and meditated, and exercised all their intellectual energies in the effort to comprehend the revelation which had been vouchsafed to them. Daniel was a remarkable example of this searching (Daniel 7:16; Daniel 9:2, 3). The revelation came to the prophet from God; the prophet received it, but could not comprehend it in all its depth and height - he searched diligently.

"Thoughts beyond their thoughts
To those high bards were given."


(Christian Year.') (Compare the song of Zacharias, Luke 1:68-79.) Who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you? He defines the prophets, of whom he speaks as those who prophesied of the favor of God manifested in the redemption of mankind through his blessed Son. "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). St. Paul loved to dwell on the grace of God; so did St. Peter. Of which salvation the prophets have inquired,.... They greatly desired the coming of the Saviour, and to see him; they longed after the salvation to be accomplished by him, and expressed their wishes for him, and that; and inquired into the nature of it, and gave an account thereof, according to the measure of light and knowledge communicated to them; they pointed out Christ as a Redeemer of his people, and his salvation as spiritual and eternal:

and searched diligently; in the use of means; by prayer and supplication; by reading the prophecies that went before; by observing the types, shadows, and sacrifices of the law; and by waiting upon the Lord for the inspiration of his Spirit. This last clause is omitted in the Syriac version, but rightly retained in all others:

who prophesied of the grace; that should come unto you; Jews, and also the Gentiles. They prophesied both of Christ, who is the unspeakable gift of God's free grace, who is full of grace, and by whom it comes; and also of the several blessings of grace through Christ, as of redeeming grace from sin, Satan, death, and the grave; of justifying grace, through his righteousness, he being the Lord our righteousness, in whom all the seed of Israel shall be justified, and glory; for though his righteousness is revealed without the law, yet it is witnessed to by law and prophets; of pardoning grace, as with God, and as a blessing of the new covenant, and as received through faith in Christ, to which give all the prophets witness; of adopting grace, both to Jews and Gentiles, signifying, that where they were not called the people of God, they should be called the sons of God; of regenerating and sanctifying grace, in giving a new heart and Spirit, in sprinkling with clean water, in writing the laws of God in the inward parts, and pouring out the Spirit in a plenteous manner on all sorts of men; of persevering grace, intimating that they that fear the Lord shall not depart from him, and that his loving kindness shall never depart from them; and of eternal life and glory, as God's free gift, which is that everlasting salvation, they say, Israel shall be saved in the Lord with. 10. The magnitude of this "salvation" is proved by the earnestness with which "prophets" and even "angels" searched into it. Even from the beginning of the world this salvation has been testified to by the Holy Spirit.

prophets—Though there is no Greek article, yet English Version is right, "the prophets" generally (including all the Old Testament inspired authors), as "the angels" similarly refer to them in general.

inquired—perseveringly: so the Greek. Much more is manifested to us than by diligent inquiry and search the prophets attained. Still it is not said, they searched after it, but concerning (so the Greek for "of") it. They were already certain of the redemption being about to come. They did not like us fully see, but they desired to see the one and the same Christ whom we fully see in spirit. "As Simeon was anxiously desiring previously, and tranquil in peace only when he had seen Christ, so all the Old Testament saints saw Christ only hidden, and as it were absent—absent not in power and grace, but inasmuch as He was not yet manifested in the flesh" [Calvin]. The prophets, as private individuals, had to reflect on the hidden and far-reaching sense of their own prophecies; because their words, as prophets, in their public function, were not so much their own as the Spirit's, speaking by and in them: thus Caiaphas. A striking testimony to verbal inspiration; the words which the inspired authors wrote are God's words expressing the mind of the Spirit, which the writers themselves searched into, to fathom the deep and precious meaning, even as the believing readers did. "Searched" implies that they had determinate marks to go by in their search.

the grace that should come unto you—namely, the grace of the New Testament: an earnest of "the grace" of perfected "salvation … to be brought at the (second) revelation of Christ." Old Testament believers also possessed the grace of God; they were children of God, but it was as children in their nonage, so as to be like servants; whereas we enjoy the full privileges of adult sons.1:10-12 Jesus Christ was the main subject of the prophets' studies. Their inquiry into the sufferings of Christ and the glories that should follow, would lead to a view of the whole gospel, the sum whereof is, That Christ Jesus was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification. God is pleased to answer our necessities rather than our requests. The doctrine of the prophets, and that of the apostles, exactly agree, as coming from the same Spirit of God. The gospel is the ministration of the Spirit; its success depends upon his operation and blessing. Let us then search diligently those Scriptures which contain the doctrines of salvation.
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