My 1st signature verse historically has been understood in 2 ways. Does it mean (1) the reader's interpretation, or does it mean (2) the prophet's interpretation? It comes down to the meaning of a single Greek 'word' and I chose the understanding of #1 by the following method: 1. Comparing the translations I've come to trust, keeping in mind the mindset of the translation committee: KJV-ASV-RSV-NRSV and then the U.K. NEB-REB, the NEB not being a revision. These were in agreement on 1, yet some versions by individuals I respect (Wey-YLT) translated as 2. I found most modern versions by American evangelicals embrace translation in agreement with 2. But, I have less confidence in the modern evangelical versions. 2. Respecting that God set spirit filled teachers in His church, I scoured all the commentaries and theology texts I could find that discussed 2 Pet.1:19-21. I found a mix of views here but very good discussion with various points raised. 3. On text itself it came down to what the Greek behind "is" means. [No Clinton jokes please]. The Greek is ginomai and the BDAG reads under 9.d: "Here perh. belongs ἰδίας ἐπιλύσεως οὐ γίνεται it is not a matter of private interpretation 2 Pt 1:20." BUT, other lexicons have other views. 4. More important than a lexicon is how a biblical writer uses a particular word. I checked Peter's use of ginomai and paid most attention to 2 Peter since its Greek is supposed to be more formal. I incline to "is" not "comes" as I review Peter's use. 5. I look at the thought flow in context and I believe my choice is the correct one and it seems so clear in context as in the NEB: "19 All this only confirms for us the message of the prophets, to which you will do well to attend, because it is like a lamp shining in a murky place, until the day breaks and the morning star rises to illuminate your minds. 20 BUT FIRST NOTE this: no one can interpret any prophecy of Scripture by himself. 21 For it was not through any human whim that men prophesied of old; men they were, but, impelled by the Holy Spirit, they spoke the words of God. 1 But Israel had false prophets as well as true; and you likewise will have false teachers among you. They will import disastrous heresies, disowning the very Master who bought them, and bringing swift disaster on their own heads." (2Pet.1:19-2:1 NEB)[Peter brings in false interpretation of teachers in 3:16.] The NEB is available at: katapi dot org dot uk I know sincere, regenerated men of God of high scholarship take the other view than I have and I'm sure they will give input and I will surely refine some and learn. That's what it's all about! May God bless this effort to share.