NASB — 2 Peter 3 — KJV

Purpose of This Letter

1 This is now, abeloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am bstirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should aremember the words spoken beforehand by bthe holy prophets and cthe commandment of the Lord and Savior [spoken] by your apostles.

[1] a1P 2:11; 2P 3:8, 14, 17 b2P 1:13
[2] aJde 17 bLk 1:70; Ac 3:21; Ep 3:5 cGa 6:2; 1Ti 6:14; 2P 2:21

The Coming Day of the Lord

3 aKnow this first of all, that bin the last days cmockers will come with [their] mocking, dfollowing after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “aWhere is the promise of His bcoming? For [ever] since the fathers cfell asleep, all continues just as it was dfrom the beginning of creation.” 5 For Iwhen they maintain this, it escapes their notice that aby the word of God [the] heavens existed long ago and [the] earth was bformed out of water and by water, 6 through which athe world at that time was bdestroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word athe present heavens and earth are being reserved for bfire, kept for cthe day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

[3] a2P 1:20 b1Ti 4:1; He 1:2 cJde 18 d2P 2:10
[4] aIs 5:19; Jr 17:15; Ezk 11:3; 12:22, 27; Mal 2:17; Mt 24:48 b1Th 2:19; 2P 3:12 cAc 7:60 dMk 10:6
[5] IOr they are willfully ignorant of this fact, that aGn 1:6, 9; He 11:3 bPs 24:2; 136:6
[6] a2P 2:5 bGn 7:11, 12, 21f
[7] a2P 3:10, 12 bIs 66:15; Dn 7:9f; 2Th 1:7; He 12:29 cMt 10:15; 1Co 3:13; Jde 7

8 ¶ But do not let this one [fact] escape your notice, abeloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and ba thousand years like one day. 9 aThe Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but bis patient toward you, cnot wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

[8] a2P 3:1 bPs 90:4
[9] aHab 2:3; Ro 13:11; He 10:37 bRo 2:4; Rv 2:21 c1Ti 2:4; Rv 2:21

A New Heaven and Earth

10 But athe day of the Lord bwill come like a thief, in which cthe heavens dwill pass away with a roar and the eelements will be destroyed with intense heat, and fthe earth and Iits works will be IIburned up.

[10] ILit the works in it IITwo early mss read discovered a1Co 1:8 bMt 24:43; Lk 12:39; 1Th 5:2; Rv 3:3; 16:15 cIs 34:4; 2P 3:7, 12 dMt 24:35; Rv 21:1 eIs 24:19; Mi 1:4 f2P 3:7

11 ¶ Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 alooking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which bthe heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the celements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His apromise we are looking for bnew heavens and a new earth, cin which righteousness dwells.

[12] a1Co 1:7 b2P 3:7, 10 cIs 24:19; 34:4; Mi 1:4
[13] aIs 65:17; 66:22 bRo 8:21; Rv 21:1 cIs 60:21; 65:25; Rv 21:27

14aTherefore, bbeloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be cfound by Him in peace, dspotless and blameless, 15 and regard the apatience of our Lord [as] salvation; just as also bour beloved brother Paul, caccording to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all [his] letters, speaking in them of athese things, bin which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and cunstable distort, as [they do] also dthe rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 You therefore, abeloved, knowing this beforehand, bbe on your guard so that you are not carried away by cthe error of dunprincipled men and efall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and aknowledge of our bLord and Savior Jesus Christ. cTo Him [be] the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

[14] a1Co 15:58; 2P 1:10 b2P 3:1 c1P 1:7 dPhp 2:15; 1Th 5:23; 1Ti 6:14; Jm 1:27
[15] a2P 3:9 bAc 9:17; 15:25; 2P 3:2 c1Co 3:10; Ep 3:3
[16] a2P 3:14 bHe 5:11 c2P 2:14 d2P 3:2
[17] a2P 3:1 b1Co 10:12 c2P 2:18 d2P 2:7 eRv 2:5
[18] a2P 1:2 b2P 1:11; 2:20 cRo 11:36; 2Ti 4:18; Rv 1:6


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He assureth them of the certainty of Christ's coming to judgment, against those scorners who dispute against it:

1 ¶ This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in [both] which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 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: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 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 creation. 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 water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 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.

[1] Ps 24:4; 73:1; Mt 5:8; 2Co 13:2; 1Ti 5:22; 2Ti 1:6; 1P 1:1, 22; 2P 1:12, 13.
[2] Lk 1:70; 24:27, 44; Ac 3:18, 24; 10:43; 28:23; Ep 2:20; 1P 1:10; 2P 1:19; 2:21; 3:15; 1Jn 4:6; Jde 1:17; Rv 19:10.
[3] Pv 1:22; 3:34; 14:6; Is 5:19; 28:14; 29:20; Ho 7:5; 2Co 4:2; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 3:1; 2P 2:10; 1Jn 2:18; Jde 1:16, 18.
[4] Gn 19:14; Ec 1:9; 8:11; Is 5:18; Jr 5:12; 17:15; Ezk 12:22; Mal 2:17; Mt 24:28; Mk 13:19; Lk 12:45; Rv 3:14.
[5] Gn 1:6, 9; Ps 24:2; 33:6; 136:6; Pv 17:16; Jn 3:19; Ro 1:28; Col 1:17; 2Th 2:10; He 11:3.
[6] Gn 7:10; 9:15; Jb 12:15; Mt 24:38; Lk 17:27; 2P 2:5.
[7] Ps 50:3; 102:26; Is 51:6; Zp 3:8; Mt 10:15; 11:22, 24; 12:36; 24:35; 25:41; Mk 6:11; Ro 2:5; Php 1:28; 2Th 1:8; 2:3; 1Ti 6:9; 2P 2:9; 3:10; 1Jn 4:17; Rv 17:8, 11; 20:11; 21:1.

warning the godly, for the long patience of God, to hasten their repentance.

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. 9 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.

[8] Ps 90:4; Ro 11:25; 1Co 10:1; 12:1.
[9] Ex 18:23; 32:32; 33:11; 34:6; Ps 86:15; Is 30:18; 46:13; Hab 2:3; Lk 18:7; Ro 2:4; 9:22; 1Ti 1:16; 2:4; He 10:37; 1P 3:20; 2P 3:15; Rv 2:21.

He describeth also the manner how the world shall be destroyed:

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.

[10] Ps 46:6; 97:5; 102:26; Is 2:12; 51:6; Jol 1:15; 2:1, 31; 3:14; Am 9:5, 13; Na 1:5; Mal 4:5; Mt 24:35, 42; Mk 13:31; Lk 12:39; Ro 8:20; 1Co 5:5; 2Co 1:14; 1Th 5:2; He 1:11; 2P 3:7, 12; Jde 1:6; Rv 3:3; 16:15; 20:11; 21:1.

exhorting them, from the expectation thereof, to all holiness of life:

11 [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, 12 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? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

[11] Ps 37:14; 50:23; 75:3; Is 14:31; 24:19; 34:4; Mt 8:27; 2Co 1:12; Php 1:27; 3:20; 1Th 1:5; 1Ti 3:16; 4:12; 6:3, 6, 11; He 13:5; Jm 1:24; 3:13; 1P 1:15; 2:12; 2P 1:3, 6; 3:12.
[12] Ps 50:3; Is 2:1; 34:4; 64:1; Mi 1:4; 1Co 1:7, 8; Php 1:6; Tit 2:13; 2P 3:10; Jde 1:21; Rv 6:13.
[13] Is 65:17; 66:22; Rv 21:1, 27.
[14] Mt 24:26; Lk 2:29; 12:43; 1Co 1:8; 15:58; Php 1:10; 3:20; 1Th 3:13; 5:23; He 9:28; 2P 1:5; 1Jn 3:3.

and again, to think the patience of God to tend to their salvation, as Paul wrote to them in his epistles.

15 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; 16 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. 17 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. 18 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.

[15] Ex 31:3, 6; 35:31, 35; 1K 3:12, 28; 4:29; Ezr 7:25; Pv 2:6; Ec 2:26; Dn 2:20; Lk 21:15; Ac 7:10; 15:25; Ro 2:4; 1Co 2:13; 12:8; 1Ti 1:16; Jm 1:5; 3:17; 1P 3:20; 2P 3:9.
[16] Gn 49:4; Ex 23:2, 6; Dt 16:19; 1K 10:1; 2K 1:1; Ps 56:5; Jr 23:36; Hab 1:4; Mt 15:3, 6; 22:29; Ro 8:1; 1Co 15:1; Php 3:19; 1Th 4:1; 2Ti 3:5; He 5:11; Jm 1:8; 1P 1:1; 2:8; 2P 2:1, 14; Jde 1:4.
[17] Pv 1:17; Mt 7:15; 16:6, 11; 24:24; Mk 13:22, 23; Jn 16:4; Ac 2:42; Ro 16:18; 1Co 15:58; 2Co 11:3, 13; Ep 4:14; Php 3:2; Col 2:5, 8; 2Ti 4:15; He 3:14; 1P 5:9; 2P 1:10, 12; 2:18.
[18] Ps 92:12; Ho 14:5; Mal 4:2; Mt 6:13; 28:20; Jn 5:23; 17:3; 2Co 4:6; Ep 1:17; 4:15; Php 3:8; Col 1:10; 3:10; 2Th 1:3; 2Ti 4:18; 1P 2:2; 5:10; 2P 1:3, 8; 2:20; Jde 1:25; Rv 1:6; 5:9.


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