2 Peter 3
1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure
minds by way of reminder),
2 that you may remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and
the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their
4 and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all
things continue as they were since the beginning of creation.
5 For of this they are willfully ignorant: that by the Word of God the heavens were of
old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same Word, are
reserved for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, do not be unaware of this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a
thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is
longsuffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish but that all should
come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will
pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with intense burning;
both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, of what sort ought you to be in
holy behavior and godliness,
12 looking for and earnestly hastening unto the coming of the Day of God, through which the heavens
will be dissolved, being set on fire, and the elements will melt with intense burning?
13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in
which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him
in peace, spotless and without blemish;
15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved
brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things
hard to understand, which the unlearned and unstable twist, as they do also the rest of the
Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware also that you not be
led away with the error of the wicked, and fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be
the glory both now and forever. Amen.