2 Peter 1:19
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English Standard Version
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

King James Bible
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

American Standard Version
And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

English Revised Version
And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts:

Webster's Bible Translation
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; to which ye do well that ye take heed, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts:

Weymouth New Testament
And in the written word of prophecy we have something more permanent; to which you do well to pay attention--as to a lamp shining in a dimly-lighted place--until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

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Vincent's Word Studies

We have also a more sure word of prophecy (καὶ ἔχομεν βεβαιότερον τὸν προφητικὸν λόγον)

The A. V is wrong, since more sure is used predicatively, and word has the definite article. We may explain either (a) as Rev., we have the word of prophecy made more sure, i.e., we are better certified than before as to the prophetic word by reason of this voice; or (b) we have the word of prophecy as a surer confirmation of God's truth than what we ourselves saw, i.e., Old-Testament testimony is more convincing than even the voice heard at the transfiguration. The latter seems to accord better with the words which follow. "To appreciate this we must put ourselves somewhat in the place of those for whom St. Peter wrote. The New Testament, as we have it, was to them non-existent. Therefore we can readily understand how the long line of prophetic scriptures, fulfilled in so many ways in the life of Jesus, would be a mightier form of evidence than the narrative of one single event in Peter's life" (Lumby). "Peter knew a sounder basis for faith than that of signs and wonders. He had seen our Lord Jesus Christ receive honor and glory from God the Father in the holy mount; he had been dazzled and carried out of himself by visions and voices from heaven; but, nevertheless, even when his memory and heart are throbbing with recollections of that sublime scene, he says, 'we have something surer still in the prophetic word.'...It was not the miracles of Christ by which he came to know Jesus, but the word of Christ as interpreted by the spirit of Christ" (Samuel Cox).

Onto a light (λύχνῳ)

More correctly, as Rev., a lamp.

In a dark place (ἐν αὐχμηρῷ τόπῳ)

A peculiar expression. Lit., a dry place. Only here in New Testament. Rev. gives squalid, in margin. Aristotle opposes it to bright or glistering. It is a subtle association of the idea of darkness with squalor, dryness, and general neglect.

Dawn (διαυγάσῃ)

Only here in New Testament. Compare the different word in Matthew 28:1, and Luke 23:54, ἐπιφώσκω. The verb is compounded of διά, through, and αὐγή, sunlight, thus carrying the picture of light breaking through the gloom.

The day-star (φωσφόρος)

Of which our word phosphorus is a transcript. Lit., light-bearer, like Lucifer, front lux, light, and fero, to bear. See Aeschylus, "Agamemnon," 245.

2 Peter 1:19 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a more.

Psalm 19:7-9 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple...

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Isaiah 41:21-23,26 Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, said the King of Jacob...

Luke 16:29-31 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them...

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

ye do.

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication...

James 2:8 If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well:

3 John 1:6 Which have borne witness of your charity before the church: whom if you bring forward on their journey after a godly sort...

a light.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death...

Isaiah 60:1,2 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you...

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Luke 1:78,79 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us...

John 1:7-9 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe...

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness...

Ephesians 5:7,8 Be not you therefore partakers with them...

the day.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ...

1 John 5:10 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar...

Revelation 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David...

Cross References
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Isaiah 14:12
"How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!

Luke 1:78
because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high

John 5:35
He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 2:2
For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,

1 Peter 1:10
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,

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