2 Peter 1:16-19
New American Bible (Revised Edition)
16 We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming[a] of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.(A) 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father[b] when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”(B) 18 We[c] ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 (C)Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.Read full chapter
- 1:16 Coming: in Greek parousia, used at 2 Pt 3:4, 12 of the second coming of Christ. The word was used in the extrabiblical writings for the visitation of someone in authority; in Greek cult and Hellenistic Judaism it was used for the manifestation of the divine presence. That the apostles made known has been interpreted to refer to Jesus’ transfiguration (2 Pt 1:17) or to his entire first coming or to his future coming in power (2 Pt 3).
- 1:17 The author assures the readers of the reliability of the apostolic message (including Jesus’ power, glory, and coming; cf. note on 2 Pt 1:16) by appeal to the transfiguration of Jesus in glory (cf. Mt 17:1–8 and parallels) and by appeal to the prophetic message (2 Pt 1:19; perhaps Nm 24:17). Here, as elsewhere, the New Testament insists on continued reminders as necessary to preserve the historical facts about Jesus and the truths of the faith; cf. 2 Pt 3:1–2; 1 Cor 11:2; 15:1–3. My Son, my beloved: or, “my beloved Son.”
- 1:18 We: at Jesus’ transfiguration, referring to Peter, James, and John (Mt 17:1).