3 Above all, you must understand that in the last daysm scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.n 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?o Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”p 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s wordq the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.r 6 By these waters also the world of that times was deluged and destroyed.t 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,u being kept for the day of judgmentv and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.w 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,x as some understand slowness. Instead he is patienty with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.z
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