2 Peter 1:16
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English Standard Version
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

King James Bible
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

American Standard Version
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eyewitnesses of his greatness.

English Revised Version
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty.

Weymouth New Testament
For when we made known to you the power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not eagerly following cleverly devised legends, but we had been eye-witnesses of His majesty.

2 Peter 1:16 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

We have not followed (οὐ ἐξακολουθησαντες)

A strong compound, used only here and 2 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter 2:15. The ἐξ gives the force of following out; pursuance of; closely.

Cunningly devised (σεσοφισμένοις)

Only here and 2 Timothy 3:15, in which latter passage it has a good sense, to make thee wise. Here, in a bad sense, artfully framed by human cleverness (σοφία). Compare feigned words, 2 Peter 2:3.

Fables (μύθοις)

This word, which occurs only here and in the Pastoral Epistles, is transcribed in the word myth. The reference here may be to the Jewish myths, rabbinical embellishments of Old-Testament history; or to the heathen myths about the descent of the gods to earth, which might be suggested by his remembrance of the transfiguration; or to the Gnostic speculations about aeons or emanations, which rose from the eternal abyss, the source of all spiritual existence, and were named Mind, Wisdom, Power, Truth, etc.

Coming (παρουσίαν)

Or presence. Compare 2 Peter 3:4. Another word, ἀποκάλυψις, revelation, is used in 1 Peter 1:7, 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 4:13, to describe the appearing of Christ.

Eye-witnesses (ἐπόπται)

See on behold, 1 Peter 2:12. Only here in New Testament. Compare the different word in Luke 1:2, αὐτόπται, eye-witnesses.

Majesty (μεγαλειότητος)

Used in only two passages besides this: Luke 9:43, of the mighty power (Rev., majesty) of God, as manifested in the healing of the epileptic child; and Acts 19:27, of the magnificence of Diana.

2 Peter 1:16 Parallel Commentaries

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we have.

2 Peter 3:3,4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts...

1 Corinthians 1:17,23 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words...

1 Corinthians 2:1,4 And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God...

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully...

2 Corinthians 12:16,17 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile...

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men...

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself rather to godliness.

Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

the power.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

Mark 9:1 And he said to them, Truly I say to you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death...

John 17:2 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him.

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

1 Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body...

coming.

Malachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Matthew 16:28 Truly I say to you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Matthew 24:3,27 And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be...

1 Corinthians 1:7 So that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints,

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him...

were.

Matthew 17:1-5 And after six days Jesus takes Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into an high mountain apart...

Mark 9:2 And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, and leads them up into an high mountain apart by themselves...

Luke 9:28-32 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray...

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory...

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked on...

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Cross References
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Matthew 16:28
Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

Matthew 17:1
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

Mark 9:2
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,

Mark 13:26
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

Mark 14:62
And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."

Luke 1:2
just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,

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