2 Peter 1:21
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New International Version
For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

New Living Translation
or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

English Standard Version
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Berean Study Bible
For no prophecy was ever brought about through human initiative, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
For no prophecy at any time was brought by the will of man, but men spoke from God, being carried by the Holy Spirit.

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

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

International Standard Version
because no prophecy ever originated through a human decision. Instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

NET Bible
for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The prophecy came not by the will of man in the ancient times, but when holy men of God spoke, being compelled by the Holy Spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God's direction.

New American Standard 1977
for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the prophecy did not come in times past by the will of man, but the holy men of God spoke being inspired by the Holy Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
For the 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.

American King James Version
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time: but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost.

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

English Revised Version
For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Ghost.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
for not by will of man did ever prophecy come, but by the Holy Spirit borne on holy men of God spake.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:16-21 The gospel is no weak thing, but comes in power, Ro 1:16. The law sets before us our wretched state by sin, but there it leaves us. It discovers our disease, but does not make known the cure. It is the sight of Jesus crucified, in the gospel, that heals the soul. Try to dissuade the covetous worlding from his greediness, one ounce of gold weighs down all reasons. Offer to stay a furious man from anger by arguments, he has not patience to hear them. Try to detain the licentious, one smile is stronger with him than all reason. But come with the gospel, and urge them with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, shed to save their souls from hell, and to satisfy for their sins, and this is that powerful pleading which makes good men confess that their hearts burn within them, and bad men, even an Agrippa, to say they are almost persuaded to be Christians, Ac 26:28. God is well pleased with Christ, and with us in him. This is the Messiah who was promised, through whom all who believe in him shall be accepted and saved. The truth and reality of the gospel also are foretold by the prophets and penmenof the Old Testament, who spake and wrote under influence, and according to the direction of the Spirit of God. How firm and sure should our faith be, who have such a firm and sure word to rest upon! When the light of the Scripture is darted into the blind mind and dark understanding, by the Holy Spirit of God, it is like the day-break that advances, and diffuses itself through the whole soul, till it makes perfect day. As the Scripture is the revelation of the mind and will of God, every man ought to search it, to understand the sense and meaning. The Christian knows that book to be the word of God, in which he tastes a sweetness, and feels a power, and sees a glory, truly divine. And the prophecies already fulfilled in the person and salvation of Christ, and in the great concerns of the church and the world, form an unanswerable proof of the truth of Christianity. The Holy Ghost inspired holy men to speak and write. He so assisted and directed them in delivering what they had received from him, that they clearly expressed what they made known. So that the Scriptures are to be accounted the words of the Holy Ghost, and all the plainness and simplicity, all the power and all the propriety of the words and expressions, come from God. Mix faith with what you find in the Scriptures, and esteem and reverence the Bible as a book written by holy men, taught by the Holy Ghost.
Study Bible
Eyewitnesses of His Majesty
20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation. 21For no prophecy was ever brought about through human initiative, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Cross References
2 Samuel 23:2
"The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.

Jeremiah 23:26
"How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart,

Ezekiel 1:3
the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.)

Micah 1:1
The word of the LORD which came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Luke 1:70
as He spoke through His holy prophets, those of ages past,

Acts 1:16
"Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit foretold through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus.

Acts 3:18
But in this way God has fulfilled what He foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer.

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

1 Peter 1:11
trying 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.
Treasury of Scripture

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

the prophecy.

Luke 1:70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since …

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for …

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

in old time. or, at any time holy.

Deuteronomy 33:1 And this is the blessing, with which Moses the man of God blessed …

Joshua 14:6 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the …

1 Kings 13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of …

1 Kings 17:18,24 And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O you man of …

2 Kings 4:7,9,22 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the …

2 Kings 6:10,15 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told …

1 Chronicles 23:14 Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.

2 Chronicles 8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the …

spake.

Numbers 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby you shall know that the LORD has sent me to …

2 Samuel 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue.

Micah 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yes, …

Luke 1:70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since …

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

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

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you …

by the Holy.

Mark 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, …

Acts 1:16 Men and brothers, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled…

Acts 3:18 But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all …

Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that …

Hebrews 3:7 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice,

Hebrews 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of …

Hebrews 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he …

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