2 Peter 3

The Coming Judgment

Beloved, this [is] now [my] second letter to you. [Both] of [them] [are] reminders to stir you to wholesome thinking by recalling what was foretold by the holy prophets and commanded by [our] Lord and Savior through your apostles. First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing [and] following their own evil desires. “Where is the promise of His coming?” they will ask. “vvv Ever since [our] fathers fell asleep, everything continues as it has from [the] beginning of creation.” [But] they deliberately overlook the fact that long ago by God’s word [the] heavens existed and [the] earth was formed out of water and by water, through which
NA through whom
the world of that time perished in the flood.
And by that same word, the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, kept for [the] day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

The Day of the Lord

Beloved, {do} not {let} [this] one thing escape your notice: With [the] Lord a day [is] like a thousand years, and a thousand years [are] like a day. The Lord is not slow [to fulfill ] [His] promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. 10  But [the] day of [the] Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, [the] elements will be destroyed
Literal will be dissolved; also in verses 11 and 12.
by fire, and [the] earth and [its] works will be laid bare.
or will not be found. BYZ and TR will be burned up; SBL, NE, WH will be found, i.e. (will be unable to hide).
11  [Since] everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of [people] ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness 12  as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when [the] heavens will be destroyed by fire and [the] elements will melt in the heat. 13  But in keeping with [God’s] promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

Final Exhortations

14  Therefore, beloved, as you anticipate these things, make every effort to be found at peace with Him, without spot [or] blemish. 15  Consider also that our Lord’s patience [brings] salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom [God] gave him. 16  [ He writes ] this way in all [his] letters,
Or in all the letters
speaking in them about [such matters] . Some [parts] of [his letters] are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable [people] distort,
NA will distort
as [they do] the rest of [the] Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17  Therefore, beloved, [since] you already know [these things] , be on your guard so that you will not be carried away by the error of the lawless [and] fall from [your] secure standing. 18  But grow in [the] grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him [be] the glory both now and to [the] day of eternity. Amen.
NE, WH, and NA do not include Amen.
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