2 Peter 3

This is now the second letter, beloved, that I have written to you, in which I stir up your sincere minds by way of remembrance: That you may recall the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour given through your apostles: Knowing this first, that in the last days scoffers shall come, scoffing and walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For they willingly ignore this, that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and by water. And by water the world that then was, being deluged, perished: But by the same word, the heavens and the earth which are now, are reserved for fire on the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not be ignorant of this one thing, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some men count slowness; but is patient toward you, not wanting that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in which the heavens shall pass away with a roar, and the elements shall be destroyed with fervent heat, the earth and the works that are upon it shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be destroyed, what kind of people ought you to be? You should live holy and godly lives, 12 Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, in which the heavens shall be dissolved in fire, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. 13 But we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for these things, be diligent that you may be found at peace with him, without spot, and blameless. 15 And consider the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just as our beloved brother Paul has written to you, according to the wisdom given to him, 16 Speaking of these things, as he does in all his letters. In them are some things that are hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable distort, as they do the other scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 But you, beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away by the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
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