New Living Translation
or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
King James Bible
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Darby Bible Translation
for prophecy was not ever uttered by the will of man, but holy men of God spake under the power of the Holy Spirit.
World English Bible
For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.
Young's Literal Translation
for not by will of man did ever prophecy come, but by the Holy Spirit borne on holy men of God spake.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:21 For prophecy came not of old by the will of man - Of any mere man whatever. But the holy men of God - Devoted to him, and set apart by him for that purpose, spake and wrote. Being moved - Literally, carried. They were purely passive therein.
When Mr. Whitfield was once applied to to use his influence at a general election, he returned answer to his lordship who requested him, that he knew very little about general elections, but that if his lordship took his advice he would make his own particular "calling and election sure;" which was a very proper remark. I would not, however, say to any persons here present, despise the privilege which you have as citizens. Far be it from me to do it. When we become Christians we do not leave off …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857
That Gospel Sermon on the Blessed Hope
The Faithful Promiser
2 Samuel 23:2
"The Spirit of the LORD speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue.
How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say.
(The LORD gave this message to Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians, and he felt the hand of the LORD take hold of him.)
The LORD gave this message to Micah of Moresheth during the years when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. The visions he saw concerned both Samaria and Jerusalem.
just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
"Brothers," he said, "the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David.
But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had foretold about the Messiah--that he must suffer these things.
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