- This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both
which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
- That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before
by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles
of the Lord and Saviour:
- Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
- And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since
the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from
the beginning of the creation.
- For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word
of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of
the water and in the water:
- Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water,
- But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same
word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of
judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
- But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one
day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years
as one day.
- The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also
and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
- Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
- Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat?
- Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens
and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
- Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,
be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot,
- And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation;
even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom
given unto him hath written unto you;
- As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;
in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that
are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other
scriptures, unto their own destruction.
- Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before,
beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked,
fall from your own stedfastness.
- But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.