Vincent Word Studies - 2 Peter 1:16 - 1:16

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Vincent Word Studies - 2 Peter 1:16 - 1:16

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We have not followed (οὐ ἐξακολουθησαντες)

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

Cunningly devised (σεσοφισμένοις)

Only here and 2Ti 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, 2Pe 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 2Pe 3:4. Another word, ἀποκάλυψις, revelation, is used in 1Pe 1:7, 1Pe 1:13; 1Pe 4:13, to describe the appearing of Christ.

Eye-witnesses (ἐπόπται)

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

Majesty (μεγαλειότητος)

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