I understand the inspiration concept, but I don't understand how to consider a quote if it's inspired from God [then we consider it God's Words], or if it explanations by the the apostle or prophet?

Is there any verse in the Bible says that the whole Bible is inspired, and not absolute-human-talk?


The Bible does say that all the scriptures are inspired, which means "God-breathed":

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV)

Though human writers did produce the scriptures, the ultimate source of the scriptures is God himself. When others spoke the scriptures they did so through God's breath.

In its original context this verse really refers only to the Old Testament. Peter however refers to Paul's letters as scripture, showing that the Apostles recognised that they were writing new inspired scriptures:

And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction. (2 Peter 3:15-16, NLT)

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    Interesting how many notable and memorable 3:16 verses there are! Jan 13 '14 at 15:30
  • Austin 3:16 also.
    – Mawia
    Jan 13 '14 at 16:24
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    @AndrewLeach, as a matter of fact, one of the "father" of Computer Science, Donald E. Knuth did a research on how profound 3:16 is through out the Bible and he wrote a book about it: amazon.com/3-16-Bible-Texts-Illuminated/dp/0895792524
    – Will
    Jan 14 '14 at 16:19

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