2 Peter 3

Purpose of This Letter

1This 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, 2that 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

3 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, 4and 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.” 5For
Or they are willfully ignorant of this fact, that
when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that o  by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was p  formed out of water and by water,
6through which q  the world at that time was r  destroyed, being flooded with water. 7But by His word s  the present heavens and earth are being reserved for t  fire, kept for u  the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8But do not let this one fact escape your notice v  beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and w  a thousand years like one day. 9 x  The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but y  is patient toward you, z  not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

A New Heaven and Earth

10But aa  the day of the Lord ab  will come like a thief, in which ac  the heavens ad  will pass away with a roar and the ae  elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and af  the earth and
Lit the works in it
its works will be
Two early mss read discovered
burned up.

11Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 ai  looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which aj  the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the ak  elements will melt with intense heat! 13But according to His al  promise we are looking for am  new heavens and a new earth an  in which righteousness dwells.

14 ao  Therefore ap  beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be aq  found by Him in peace ar  spotless and blameless, 15and regard the as  patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also at  our beloved brother Paul au  according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16as also in all his letters, speaking in them of av  these things aw  in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and ax  unstable distort, as they do also ay  the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17You therefore az  beloved, knowing this beforehand ba  be on your guard so that you are not carried away by bb  the error of bc  unprincipled men and bd  fall from your own steadfastness, 18but grow in the grace and be  knowledge of our bf  Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. bg  To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
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