This site is based on a scripture interprets scripture hermeneutic. It is rooted in the fact that all Scripture is from God, and that all scripture can be understood by anyone determined to do so.

Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature, and philosophical texts…The terms hermeneutics and exegesis are sometimes used interchangeably. Hermeneutics is a wider discipline which includes written, verbal, and non-verbal communication. Exegesis focuses primarily upon the word and grammar of texts. Wikipedia

In many ways, taking a position that scripture interprets scripture is diametrically opposed to the modern idea of Biblical hermeneutics. In fact, according to Wikipedia, prevailing approaches to interpretation within the domain of biblical hermeneutics includes such things as “layers of meaning”, “reader’s context”, and “trajectory hermeneutics.” So where does that leave the simple idea that Scripture interprets Scripture and where does it come from?

How Scripture answers "Who said scripture interprets scripture?"

God said that scripture interprets scripture1,2,3,5,6,11,12,15,17. Furthermore, it is the only practice for interpretation we see in the Bible3,4,7,8,9,10,13,14,16,17. We never see someone consulting alternative sources or human wisdom3. We are commanded not to go beyond what is written15. The entirety of Scripture forms a complete picture2,8,9,10,12,13. The very idea that God is the sole author1,6 forces the conclusion that Scripture cannot contradict itself5 and must also fully interpret itself since God cannot lie.

We still must draw conclusions and/or teach/explain as needed7,9,14. Jesus required the lawyer to form a conclusion after reading it10 (and only it15). Scripture is the sole source for morality and obedience…it was this way for those under the Law4,7,8,10,16,17 (“Scripture” for that time) as well as for those (like Timothy1 and us) under the Law of Christ3,9,11,13,14,15,17.

The Bible Study Framework is built specifically for the purpose of “forcing” we humans to let Scripture interpret Scripture. We specifically want to steer away from the other human tendencies that might inhibit Scripture’s ability to interpret Scripture. Of course, there comes a point where we have to draw a conclusion. “What is this passage telling us?” We can still go wrong here, but the steps of the BSF are intended to keep us pointed in the right direction for the best possible conclusion…

Hopefully, we can deal with Scripture honestly. Looking at what it says. Putting it in the proper context of “all Scripture,” without going beyond Scripture with too much context. Gathering any, only, all passage(s) that might apply without Scripture weighting or disqualifying any part of God’s word because “it doesn’t fit” our preconceived belief or doctrine.

Answer built on scripture-blocks below

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
All Scripture is spoken by God and necessary for teaching, for rebuke, for correction and training in righteousness so that a man of God would be spiritually equipped and ready for any good work.
Paul is writing to the younger Timothy and giving general advice about his work in preaching the Gospel. Paul has repeatedly contrasted those teaching false doctrine and their motives for doing so against how Timothy should conduct himself.
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Scripture is the only thing authorized for Godly teaching and training. If it’s not complete and interpreting unto itself, then God has lied.

If he called them gods to whom the word of God came — and Scripture cannot be broken — do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, You are blaspheming, because I said, I am the Son of God?
If the one [the psalmist, in this case, Asaph] to whom the word of God was given called them gods, and since Scripture cannot be loosed or incorrect, how do you charge me, the one who the Father set apart to enter this world, with blasphemy for saying that I’m the Son of God?
The Jews are prepared to stone Jesus (vs 31) for blasphemy (vs 33). Jesus had just indirectly claimed to be the Son of God (vs 25). He has just quoted from Ps 82:6, “I said, ‘You are gods, sons of the Most High; all of you;” (vs 34) where human judges, as representatives of God on earth, are called gods and uses it to turn the discussion toward their disbelief.
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Similar to, and even building on the Timothy passage1, since Scripture is all equally important and comes from one source (God), Jesus adds the idea of “entirety” and “completeness.” It is a unit that cannot be broken.

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
Now we [the apostles] did not recieve the spirit of the world, but the Holy Spirit from God, in order that we [the apostles] can understand what has freely been given to us from Him. So we impart these to you in words not taught by man’s earthly wisdom but actually taught by the Spirit – expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words to those that are spiritual.

Paul is writing to the church in Corinth dealing with several serious issues throughout the letter, but here dealing with divisions among them and reminding them of the uniting nature of the Gospel.

In this chapter, and really including the first four chapters of this letter, he emphasizes the need for them to rely upon the word of God that he had shared with them as the foundation to solve these issues.

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The message Paul and the apostles preached was a spiritual one, requiring interpretation with “spiritual truths” by “those who are spiritual”. They are not taught or interpreted through/by human wisdom.

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Paul takes the entire first four chapters of 1 Corinthians to make this point.

when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law,
When everyone comes before God [to worship] at the place He will choose, you shall read this law for everyone to hear.  Assemble all people – men, women, children, and the foreigner – that they may hear and learn to obey God, being careful to do all the words of this law.

Moses is re-telling the law of God to the people before entering the Promised Land. Here, he is giving this instruction of public reading to occur every seven years when they are together for the Feast of Booths.

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The reading of the law (all of it) was to be the source (single) for not just the kings but for all the people.

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. (As in all the churches of the saints,)

God is not a God of instability or disorder, but of order. An in all the churches of the saints….

Paul is writing to the church in Corinth about orderly worship. In this immediate context, he’s applying this truth to discourage everyone from speaking at once in worship.  In particular, they were using miraculous gifts of tongues improperly (with no interpreter – vs 27).

The second part of this verse is punctuated to start a new paragraph that continues with verse 34 to read, “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.”

Other translations such as the KJV and NASB punctuate and include it with verse 33 to read, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

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Paul is making a universal statement about God’s character that can be applied to the inerrancy of Scripture (since it comes from God).

And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

We have the prophetic word that is more sure which you should pay close attention to as it is a lamp that shines in the dark.  It shines until that day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts/minds.  You know of first importance that no prophecy of Scripture came from one’s own interpretation, but rather the men were moved by the Holy Spirit to share what was from God.

Peter is warning all Christians about false teachers and goes on to compare them to false prophets.  His overarching message is encouragement to hold fast to his and the apostles’ teaching as they “were eyewitnesses” (vs 16) of Jesus Christ.  In addition to their eyewitness testimony, he is suggesting they pay attention to the prophecies that serve as confirmation of their faith, and he continues in the next few verses to warn about “false words” from “false teachers” (2:1-3).

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The words of Scripture are God’s words and were not “filtered” or given their own meaning by those that were “carried along” to write them.

They read from the book of God’s law, explaining it and imparting insight. Thus the people gained understanding from what was read.

They [the Levites] read from God’s law and explained it.  As a result, the audience understood what was read.

God’s people have returned to the land from captivity (the “remnant”) and have gathered publicly to worship.  Ezra is reading aloud and other Priests are mingling among the people explaining (“interpreting”) what is read.

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God’s law (Scripture) was the only source of the people’s knowledge of God’s will. Its reading and hearing didn’t eliminate the need to explain or teach it meaning as needed for everyone’s understanding.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he fasted 40 days and 40 nights he was famished.
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by Satan and was famished after fasting forty days and nights.

Jesus has just been baptized by John the Baptist and has not yet begun his public ministry. He is led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted and is there fasting for forty days and forty nights.  Satan tempts Jesus three times, each time appealing to a different facet of our ego.

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In each temptation, Satan either uses direct scripture or a scriptural principle to justify his claim. On the surface, Satan’s statements are not false except when Jesus expands the thought or principle with additional Scripture. In each case, Jesus applies the ‘Scripture interprets Scripture’ principle.

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When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
After appointing a day, they came to his quarters in greater numbers. He preached all day, giving witness to the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them about Jesus using the Law of Moses and the Prophets.

Paul has finally arrived at Rome (as a prisoner).  He has greeted the brethren (fellow Christians) and is calling for an audience with his Jewish brethren (vs 17) to share more about the “hope of Israel” (vs 20). Some believed and others didn’t, but Paul ended up staying two years “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (vs 31)

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Paul preaches the gospel message (kingdom of God and Jesus) using the Law and Prophets.

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him, What is written in the Law? How do you read it? And he answered, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And he said to him, You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.

A lawyer stood to test Jesus and asked him what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus in turn responded by asking him what was written and how he interpreted it. The lawyer answered by quoting two verses from the Law. The first was from Deuteronomy and said that one should love God with all his heart. The second was from Leviticus and said that one should love his neighbor as himself. Jesus said he answered correctly and that if he practiced them he would live.

Jesus is in the midst of His public ministry, teaching the people while gaining notoriety. The lawyer quoted two passages in the Law (from
Deuteronomy 6:5
and
Leviticus 19:18
).
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This exchange demonstrates the Scripture interprets Scripture principle. At Jesus’ behest, the lawyer correctly concluded what was required to inherit eternal life, not from any explicit passage but from the full body of work in the Law and Prophets.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

As each has been given, use it to serve your brethren in order to be good stewards of God’s grace: whoever speaks, as one speaking God’s words and whoever serves, as one strengthened by God’s rich supply – doing all to the glory of God through Christ Jesus, to whom belongs all glory and dominion forever. Amen.

Peter’s first letter to the “elect exiles” (brethren) that were faced with “various trials” (1:6). He wrote to strengthen and encourage them since it was the “end of all things” (vs 7) and they could or likely would be tested by a “fiery trial” (vs 12).

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In the broader context of serving each other, Peter is counseling Christians that they speak encouraging words being mindful to stay within the authority of God’s word.

The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
All of your word is truth, and all of your commands endure forever.

A great Psalm (119) dedicated to the merit and beauty of God’s word.

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All of God’s word, together, equals truth.

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

With the faith and love that we have in Christ, adhere to the framework of truth that I have laid down for you and entrusted to you. Guard it with the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

The apostle Paul’s letter to a younger evangelist, Timothy, instructing him in matters of doctrine and congregational order.

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It wasn’t only the “sound words” that Timothy was to continue in, but their “pattern” or how they work together.

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. These Jews were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they eagerly received the message, examining the scriptures carefully every day to see if these things were so.

The brethren quickly got Paul and Silas out of town when it was dark, heading to Berea. When they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now the Jewish Bereans were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they eagerly heard the gospel message and examined the scriptures carefully every day to see if what they were taught was from God.

Paul is on his second missionary journey with Silas. They had to flee Thessalonica for fear of being killed by those jealous (vs 5) of them preaching the gospel. These same Jews actually followed them there to disrupt their cause (vs 13).

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The Bereans received the gospel message from the apostle Paul – an inspired authority on God’s word! Yet they still proved his message to be from God by “examining the scriptures.”

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

Anyone that gets in front of the teaching of Christ does not abide in it and does not have God. You must remain in the teaching to have both the Father and the Son.  If someone comes to you without this teaching, do not honor him with hospitality or acceptance because in so doing you partake in his evil ways.

The apostle John is warning brethren (likely a local church – vs 1) about false teachers (as was much of his first epistle referring to “antichrists” having come).  He specifically tells them to “watch yourselves” (vs 8).

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We are not permitted to get in front of or add to God’s word. We must “abide in the teaching of Christ.”

And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.

When the king sits on his throne, he will write a personal copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests.  He shall keep it with him and read it all the days of his life.  By doing this, he will learn to obey God by adhering to the words and doing them.  It will also keep him humble, not thinking better of himself over others, keeping on the narrow path and living long in his kingdom.

Moses is re-telling the law to the people before they enter in to the Promised Land.

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Scripture’s care, preservation and studying are demonstrated, giving us a principle of how God expects us to know Him and the means by which we know and understand.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
For I [Paul] preached to you what was foundational to message I received [from God] and just as Scripture teaches: that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day, appearing to Peter and the twelve.
Paul begins his great defense of the resurrection of Christ.
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Paul’s argument for Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is “in accordance with the Scriptures”.

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