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2 Peter 1:1–3:18

Greeting the Faithful

1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and aapostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have 1obtained blike 2precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

cGrace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His ddivine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him ewho called us by glory and virtue, fby which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be gpartakers of the divine nature, having escaped the 3corruption that is in the world through lust.

Fruitful Growth in the Faith

But also for this very reason, hgiving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue iknowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control 4perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and jto brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither 5barren knor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is lshortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent mto make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Peter’s Approaching Death

12 For this reason nI will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, othough you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, pas long as I am in this 6tent, qto stir you up by reminding you, 14 rknowing that shortly I must 7put off my tent, just as sour Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my 8decease.

The Trustworthy Prophetic Word

16 For we did not follow tcunningly devised fables when we made known to you the upower and vcoming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were weyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: x“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on ythe holy mountain.

19 9And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a zlight that shines in a dark place, auntil bthe day dawns and the morning star rises in your chearts; 20 knowing this first, that dno prophecy of Scripture is of any private 1interpretation, 21 for eprophecy never came by the will of man, fbut 2holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Destructive Doctrines

2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be afalse teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction 1does not slumber.

Doom of False Teachers

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to 2hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of bSodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and cdelivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, dtormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—then ethe Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially fthose who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. gThey are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of 3dignitaries, 11 whereas hangels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

Depravity of False Teachers

12 But these, ilike natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 jand will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure kto 4carouse in the daytime. lThey are spots and blemishes, 5carousing in their own deceptions while mthey feast with you, 14 having eyes full of 6adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. nThey have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of oBalaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.

17 pThese are wells without water, 7clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness 8forever.

Deceptions of False Teachers

18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who 9have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of 1corruption; qfor by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into 2bondage. 20 For if, after they rhave escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are sagain entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For tit would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: u“A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

God’s Promise is Not Slack

3 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which aI stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words bwhich were spoken before by the holy prophets, cand of the commandment of 1us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, dwalking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of ecreation.” For this they willfully forget: that fby the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth gstanding out of water and in the water, hby which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But ithe heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for jfire until the day of judgment and 2perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and ka thousand years as one day. lThe Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but mis longsuffering toward 3us, nnot willing that any should perish but othat all should come to repentance.

The Day of the Lord

10 But pthe day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which qthe heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be 4burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be rin holy conduct and godliness, 12 slooking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will tbe dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will umelt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for vnew heavens and a wnew earth in which righteousness dwells.

Be Steadfast

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent xto be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that ythe longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his zepistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the arest of the Scriptures.

17 You therefore, beloved, bsince you know this beforehand, cbeware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 dbut grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

eTo Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

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