1: Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus
Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the
righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2: May grace and
peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3: His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life
and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and
4: by which he has granted to us his precious and very
great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in
the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.
5: For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith
with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
6: and knowledge with
self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with
7: and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly
affection with love.
8: For if these things are yours and abound,
they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord
9: For whoever lacks these things is blind and
shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10: Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and
election, for if you do this you will never fall;
11: so there will
be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
12: Therefore I intend always to remind you of
these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you
13: I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse
you by way of reminder,
14: since I know that the putting off of my
body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
15: And I will
see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these
16: For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made
known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were
eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17: For when he received honor and glory
from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, "This
is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,"
18: we heard this
voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
19: And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well
to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day
dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20: First of all you
must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own
21: because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of
man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
1: But false prophets also arose among the people,
just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in
destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon
themselves swift destruction.
2: And many will follow their
licentiousness, and because of them the way of truth will be reviled.
3: And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; from of
old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction has not been
4: For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but
cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom to be kept until
5: if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved
Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven other persons, when he brought a
flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6: if by turning the cities of
Sodom and Gomor'rah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an
example to those who were to be ungodly;
7: and if he rescued
righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked
8: (for by what that righteous man saw and heard as he lived among
them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless
9: then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial,
and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
10: and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion
and despise authority. Bold and wilful, they are not afraid to revile the
11: whereas angels, though greater in might and power,
do not pronounce a reviling judgment upon them before the Lord.
But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and
killed, reviling in matters of which they are ignorant, will be destroyed in the
same destruction with them,
13: suffering wrong for their wrongdoing.
They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes,
reveling in their dissipation, carousing with you.
14: They have eyes
full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have
hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
15: Forsaking the right
way they have gone astray; they have followed the way of Balaam, the son of
Be'or, who loved gain from wrongdoing,
16: but was rebuked for his
own transgression; a dumb ass spoke with human voice and restrained the
17: These are waterless springs and mists driven
by a storm; for them the nether gloom of darkness has been reserved.
18: For, uttering loud boasts of folly, they entice with licentious
passions of the flesh men who have barely escaped from those who live in error.
19: They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of
corruption; for whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved.
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the
knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them
and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
21: For it would have been better for them never to have known the
way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy
commandment delivered to them.
22: It has happened to them according
to the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and the sow is washed
only to wallow in the mire.
1: This is now the second letter that I have
written to you, beloved, and in both of them I have aroused your sincere mind by
way of reminder;
2: that you should remember the predictions of the
holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3: First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in
the last days with scoffing, following their own passions
saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell
asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation."
5: They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God
heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of
6: through which the world that then existed was deluged with
water and perished.
7: But by the same word the heavens and earth
that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of
judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8: But do not ignore this
one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day.
9: The Lord is not slow about his promise
as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any
should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
10: But the day
of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a
loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the
works that are upon it will be burned up.
11: Since all these things
are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of
holiness and godliness,
12: waiting for and hastening the coming of
the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and
the elements will melt with fire!
13: But according to his promise we
wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14: Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be
found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
15: And count the
forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to
you according to the wisdom given him,
16: speaking of this as he
does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which
the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other
17: You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand,
beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own
18: But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.