II Peter1:20: The word ‘private’ is the Greek word ‘idios’, meaning ones own, or his own and is translated that way in.

The New American Standard Bible translates like this.

NAU 2 Peter 1:20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,

Matthew 9:1: his own

Matthew 25:14: his own

I Corinthians 12:11: severally is the Greek word ‘idios’ This is the only place where the it is translated severally.

II Peter 1:20: The word ‘interpretation’ is the Greek word ‘epilusis’. This is the only places where the word is used in the Bible, but in Greek writings, the word is used ‘like a dog loose upon the game’. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any personal letting loose.”

If not private or one’s own interpretation is available, then we are left with either.

  1. There is no interpretation possible or,
  2. The Word must interpret itself. If not, let’s just forget it – go home. But, I believe the Word does interpret itself.

We need to use the rules and laws of grammar to help us let the word of God interpreted self.

Words have meanings and we need to let the words in the verses speak for themselves.

Looking at some examples of words in the verse interpreting itself.

Genesis 1:1:

John 3:16:

Matthew 11:28 – 30 Scriptures usually interprets itself with the words written right in the verse.

1 In the verse, right where it is written.

If you add other verses, chapters or the entire book that ideas or word or words are written in you get the more complete story or record. The more complete context that you read the more complete understanding that you can have. That’s why I exhort Bible students to read their Bibles much.

This is a very important key to understanding the Bible is to read the entire context to get the complete story or record.

If you do not understand something or want to know more about the subject one way to learn the answer is by reading the context.

Scripture interprets itself in the context, the whole story, the whole record. This is how students learn what a new word means in a passage they are reading.

Matthew 13:24: What is the good seed? Let’s guess. Quit thinking and guessing! Let’s read the whole story, record. We just keep on reading until some place, somewhere, sometime, the meaning is explained. If it is not explained, we will not know.

Matthew 13:25-31, 36: The disciples did not guess.

Matthew 13:37-40: The interpretation was in the context.

Acts 7:55 & 56:

A little bit about letting the Scriptures interpret themselves (An excerpt from the book “How to Read the Bible for Understanding and Power” by Steve Jaynes)

I would like to tell you a story. I had a friend who told me this story. He was a young man who just started to run a fellowship in his home. He had only been reading and searching God’s Word for a short time. But he was not the guessing type. He would read and search God’s Word and then he would teach it in his home to others who came by to hear him.

One day as he was teaching in his home another young man came to his fellowship. This other young man had been going to churches his whole life and was the head of almost every church group at the collage he was attending. He was really well versed in the religion.

He heard about this little fellowship being run near his collage, and he was interested. He went to the Bible fellowship, and as he was sitting there in the front.

My friend who was teaching God’s Word came to this verse here in Acts chapter 7 verse 56 and it says

Acts 7:56 “And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”

Then, looking right at the young man he said “Why was the son of man standing?” The young leader of almost every religion group on campus a little startled and embarrassed said, “I don’t know.” My friend said “That’s right. If God’s Word doesn’t tell you, then you don’t know.”

The young church leader was so surprised to not know the answer and still be right. We all can learn a lesson from this. There is nothing wrong with saying you do not know when you do not know. To guess is always wrong.

Instead of guessing, we are learning how to read our Bibles and how to search the scriptures to see what does the Word Say.

I will tell you another story or another thing that I see all the time. It says in God’s Word that He knows before we pray what things we have need of. It also says, to pray. God asked us to pray. Why? This is the questions I hear all the time. Why do we have to pray to God when he knows what we need before we ask? Do you know what the answer is? I don’t know. God says to pray. That’s all I know.

I don’t try to guess. I don’t make something up. I don’t use my best working knowledge of what I think it might be.

This has been the problem, too much speculation, too much guessing. We need to let the Word interpret itself. We need to search the scriptures and to say what the scripture say without embellishing them with our opinions. We need to let the scripture say what they say without adding misleading terms.

We need to consider the exact words that are written in each verse and to consider those words in their context.

We may need to read the entire book in which the record is written in to get the complete context. Some people who have some knowledge of God’s Word have been asked questions, and not wanting to look unintelligent or to look smart have said, “I think it means this”. We should tried very hard never use those words “I think it means”. I don’t mind saying “I don’t know.”

Because the Word of God interprets itself right in the verse or in the context and some other keys that we will look at in our next time together.

Until the next time we get together, may God bless you abundantly.


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