The lamp in a dark place (2 Pet 1:19)

“We have the prophetic message

More fully confirmed.

You will do well

To be attentive

To this,

As a lamp


In a dark place,

Until this day dawns

And the morning star

Rises in your hearts.”

καὶ ἔχομεν βεβαιότερον τὸν προφητικὸν λόγον, ᾧ καλῶς ποιεῖτε προσέχοντες ὡς λύχνῳ φαίνοντι ἐν αὐχμηρῷ τόπῳ, ἕως οὗ ἡμέρα διαυγάσῃ καὶ φωσφόρος ἀνατείλῃ ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν·

This author said, “We have (καὶ ἔχομεν) the prophetic message (τὸν προφητικὸν λόγον) more fully confirmed (βεβαιότερον).  You will do well (ᾧ καλῶς ποιεῖτε) to be attentive (προσέχοντες) to this, as a lamp (ὡς λύχνῳ) shining (φαίνοντι) in a dark place (ἐν αὐχμηρῷ τόπῳ), until (ἕως) this day (οὗ ἡμέρα) dawns (διαυγάσῃ) and the morning star (καὶ φωσφόρος) rises (ἀνατείλῃ) in your hearts (ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν).”  Among the canonical Greek New Testament writings, this is the only time that these two words appeared in 2 Peter, αὐχμηρῷ,that means dingy, murky, obscure, or dark, and the word, φωσφόρος, that means light-bringing, the morning star, or radiant.  This author referred to a prophetic message that could be an allusion to the Hebrew prophets or a message of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.  They should pay attention to these prophetic messages.  These messages would help them like a lit lamp in a dark dingy obscure place.  Matthew often quoted the lamp as the light inside the dark world.  Someday, the morning star, Jesus Christ, would rise in their hearts.  It would be like the dawning of a new day for them.  Is Jesus Christ in your hearts?

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