2 Peter 31I write to you now this second letter, beloved, in which I arouse your sincere mind by a reminder, 2to remember the sayings that were earlier spoken by the holy prophets, and of the command of your apostles of the Lord and Savior. 3Knowing this first, that there will come at the end of the days, scoffers, proceeding according to their own desires, 4and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For, from since the fathers became asleep, all things continue this way from the beginning of creation. 5For this is willfully ignored by them, that long ago there were heavens, and an earth that came together out of water and by water by the word of God, 6by which the world then perished, having been overflowed with water. 7But now the heavens and the earth, which have been stored up by the same word, are being preserved for fire in a day of judgment and destruction of irreverent men. 8But beloved, let not this one thing be ignored by you, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack about his promise, as some regard slackness, but is patient toward us, not wanting any to perish, but all to go forward to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, during which the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the elements, being intensely hot, will be disintegrated, and the earth and the works in it will be destroyed by fire. 11Therefore, all these things being disintegrated, what kind ought ye to be in holy actions and pieties, 12anticipating and hastening the coming of the day of God, by which the heavens, being made fiery hot, will be disintegrated, and the elements dissolve, being intensely hot? 13But we anticipate a new heavens and a new earth according to his promise, in which righteousness dwells. 14Therefore, beloved, anticipating these things, be diligent to be found by him in peace, without spot and blameless. 15And consider the longsuffering of our Lord, salvation, just as also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him, 16as also in all his letters, speaking in them about these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist, as also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. 17Ye therefore, beloved, knowing in advance, keep watch, lest, having accommodated to the error of the lawless, ye fall from your own steadfastness. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him is the glory both now and into the day of the age. Truly.
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