12 Therefore, (A)I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in (B)the truth which is present with you. 13 I consider it (C)right, as long as I am in (D)this earthly dwelling, to (E)stir you up by way of reminder, 14 knowing that (F)the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, (G)as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will also be diligent that at any time after my (H)departure you will be able to call these things to mind.

Eyewitnesses

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised (I)tales when we made known to you the (J)power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were (K)eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an [a](L)utterance as this was [b]made to Him by the (M)Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”— 18 and we ourselves heard this [c]utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the (N)holy mountain.

19 [d]So we have (O)the prophetic word made more (P)sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to (Q)a lamp shining in a dark place, until the (R)day dawns and the (S)morning star arises (T)in your hearts. 20 But (U)know this first of all, that (V)no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for (W)no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men (X)moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Peter 1:17 Lit voice
  2. 2 Peter 1:17 Lit brought
  3. 2 Peter 1:18 Lit voice brought
  4. 2 Peter 1:19 Or We have the even more sure prophetic word

Purpose of This Letter

This is now, (A)beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am (B)stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should (C)remember the words spoken beforehand by (D)the holy prophets and (E)the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.

The Coming Day of the Lord

(F)Know this first of all, that (G)in the last days (H)mockers will come with their mocking, (I)following after their own lusts, and saying, “(J)Where is the promise of His (K)coming? For ever since the fathers (L)fell asleep, all continues just as it was (M)from the beginning of creation.” For [a]when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that (N)by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was (O)formed out of water and by water, through which (P)the world at that time was (Q)destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word (R)the present heavens and earth are being reserved for (S)fire, kept for (T)the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, (U)beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and (V)a thousand years like one day. (W)The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but (X)is patient toward you, (Y)not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

A New Heaven and Earth

10 But (Z)the day of the Lord (AA)will come like a thief, in which (AB)the heavens (AC)will pass away with a roar and the (AD)elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and (AE)the earth and [b]its works will be [c]burned up.

11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 (AF)looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which (AG)the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the (AH)elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His (AI)promise we are looking for (AJ)new heavens and a new earth, (AK)in which righteousness dwells.

14 (AL)Therefore, (AM)beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be (AN)found by Him in peace, (AO)spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the (AP)patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also (AQ)our beloved brother Paul, (AR)according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of (AS)these things, (AT)in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and (AU)unstable distort, as they do also (AV)the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 You therefore, (AW)beloved, knowing this beforehand, (AX)be on your guard so that you are not carried away by (AY)the error of (AZ)unprincipled men and (BA)fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and (BB)knowledge of our (BC)Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (BD)To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Peter 3:5 Or they are willfully ignorant of this fact, that
  2. 2 Peter 3:10 Lit the works in it
  3. 2 Peter 3:10 Two early mss read discovered

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