· Second Epistle of Peter ·

 
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CHAPTER 1
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1Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a precious faith like ours, with us, in the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Precious and tremendous promises

3His divine power has granted us all that we need to live in godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue. 4Though these things, he has granted to us his precious and tremendous promises, so that having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust, you may become partakers of the divine nature.

5For this very reason, do your utmost to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. 6To knowledge, add self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and in godliness add brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love. 8Truly, if these things are yours and overflow, they will prevent you from being idle or unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But those who lack these things are blind; they only see what is near and they have forgotten the cleansing from their old sins. 10Therefore, brethren, do all that you can to make your calling and election assured. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. 11Thus, you will be richly granted the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Peter’s reminder

12Therefore, I will not be negligent to remind you of these things although you know them and are established in the truth which you now have. 13I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you. 14I know that I shall lay aside my tent very quickly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15And so, I will make every effort so that you will always be able to remember these things, even after my departure. 16Certainly, we did not depend on cleverly invented fables when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received from God the Father honour and glory when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18We heard this voice come from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

19Therefore, we have the word of prophecy made even more certain, and you should pay attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20Know this first of all, that no interpretation of Scriptural prophecy happens as something private, 21because no prophecy ever came by human will: holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.

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CHAPTER 2
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False teachers – Slaves of corruption

1However, false prophets also arose among the people, as false teachers will also be among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2Many will follow their immoral ways and as a result, the way of the truth will acquire a bad reputation. 3They will exploit you greedily with deceptive words. Their sentence, pronounced long ago, does not linger, and their destruction does not slumber.

4For God did not spare angels when they sinned but cast them down to Tartarus and committed them to pits of darkness to be reserved for judgement. 5He did not spare the ancient world but preserved Noah a preacher of righteousness with seven others when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly. 6He also turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemning them to destruction and making them an example to those who would lead ungodly lives. 7He delivered the righteous Lot who was very distressed by the lustful behaviour of these wicked people: 8that righteous man was living among them and was tormented every day in his righteous soul when he saw and heard lawless deeds. 9The Lord knows how to deliver the godly from temptation and how to hold the wicked for their punishment on the day of judgement, 10especially those follow the desires of their corrupt human nature and have no respect for authority. Daring and self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of the glorious ones, 11whereas angels, although greater in might and power, do not bring a slanderous judgement against them before the Lord. 12But these people act as creatures without reason, as natural animals which are taken and destroyed. They speak evil in matters about which they are ignorant and in their attempt to destroy they will surely be destroyed, 13receiving the wages of unrighteousness. These are people who consider it pleasurable to revel in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, amusing themselves in their deceit while they feast with you. 14Their eyes are full of adultery and they cannot break away from sin. They entice unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, and they are children of cursing. 15Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray by following the path of Balaam the son of Beor who loved being paid for doing evil. 16But he was rebuked for his own disobedience: a donkey, who normally does not speak, spoke with a human voice and stopped the madness of the prophet. 17These people are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm, for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever. 18With their high-sounding but empty talk, they entice those who are indeed escaping from those who live in error in the lusts of the flesh by licentiousness. 19They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for whoever is overcome by something is brought into slavery by what has overcome him.

20If, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in it and overcome, their last state has become worse than the first. 21It would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, rather than, after knowing it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22It has happened to them according to the true proverb, ‘The dog returns to his own vomit’ (Proverbs 26:11) and ‘the swine that had been washed, to wallowing in the mire.’

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CHAPTER 3
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The Lord is not slow

1This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you and in both of them, I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you 2that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets and the commandments of us who are the apostles of the Lord and Saviour. 3First of all, know that in the last days, mockers will come, walking after their own lusts. 4They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? Since the days that our forefathers fell asleep, everything continues as it was from the beginning of the creation.” 5But they wilfully forget that in the old days, there were the heavens and the earth, formed out of water and through water by the word of God. 6By means of water, the world of old was flooded with water and perished. 7But by the same word, the heavens and the earth that exist now have been reserved for the fire of the day of judgement and for the destruction of those who are ungodly. 8Beloved, do not forget that with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some people think that he is. Instead, he is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night and in this day, the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, the elements will be dissolved by intense heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burnt up.

11Therefore, since all these things will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be in terms of holy living and godliness. 12You should look for and eagerly desire the coming of the day of God, which will cause the burning heavens to be dissolved and the elements to melt with intense heat. 13But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness is at home.

Call to watchfulness

14Therefore, beloved, as you look for these things, do your utmost to be found in peace, without blemish and blameless in his sight. 15Consider the patience of our Lord as salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom given to him. 16He does so in all his letters, speaking of these things. However, his letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to with the other Scriptures. 17Beloved, since you know these things in advance, be careful and fear that being carried away with the error of the wicked, you might fall from your own secure position. 18Instead, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, both now and unto ages of ages. Amen.