[2Pet] The Second General Letter of Peter
1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that
have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of
God and our Savior Jesus Christ:
1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God,
and of Jesus our Lord,
1:3 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain
to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us
to glory and virtue:
1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that
by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust.
1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and
to virtue knowledge;
1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall
neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and
has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
1:10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and
election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:
1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the
everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1:12 Why I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these
things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth.
1:13 Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir
you up by putting you in remembrance;
1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our
Lord Jesus Christ has showed me.
1:15 Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to
have these things always in remembrance.
1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known
to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses
of his majesty.
1:17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came
such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased.
1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with
him in the holy mount.
1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that
you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day
dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private
1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy
men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there
shall be false teachers among you, who privately shall bring in damnable
heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring on themselves
2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the
way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise
of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation
2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to
hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved to judgment;
2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher
of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them
with an overthrow, making them an ensample to those that after should live
2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing,
vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to
reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:
2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness,
and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not
afraid to speak evil of dignities.
2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing
accusation against them before the Lord.
2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed,
speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish
in their own corruption;
2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count
it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting
themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling
unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed
2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following
the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's
voice forbade the madness of the prophet.
2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest;
to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through
the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean
escaped from them who live in error.
2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants
of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought
2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through
the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled
therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered
2:22 But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog
is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing
in the mire.
3:1 This second letter, beloved, I now write to you; in both which I stir
up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
3:2 That you 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
3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts,
3:4 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
3:5 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
3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are
kept in store, reserved to fire against the day of judgment and perdition
of ungodly men.
3:8 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.
3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance.
3:10 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.
3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner
of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
3:12 Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein
the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat?
3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that
you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
3:15 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even
as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has
written to you;
3:16 As also in all his letters, 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, to their own destruction.
3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware
lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your
3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.