1:1Simon Peter, bondman and apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have received like precious faith with us through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:
1:2Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
1:4through which he has given to us the greatest and precious promises, that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
1:6in knowledge temperance, in temperance endurance, in endurance godliness,
1:7in godliness brotherly love, in brotherly love love:
1:8for these things existing and abounding in you make you to be neither idle nor unfruitful as regards the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:9for he with whom these things are not present is blind, short-sighted, and has forgotten the purging of his former sins.
1:10Wherefore the rather, brethren, use diligence to make your calling and election sure, for doing these things ye will never fall;
1:11for thus shall the entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be richly furnished unto you.
1:12Wherefore I will be careful to put you always in mind of these things, although knowing them and established in the present truth.
1:13But I account it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance,
1:14knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle is speedily to take place, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has manifested to me;
1:15but I will use diligence, that after my departure ye should have also, at any time, in your power to call to mind these things.
1:16For we have not made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, following cleverly imagined fables, but having been eyewitnesses of *his* majesty.
1:18and this voice *we* heard uttered from heaven, being with him on the holy mountain.
1:19And we have the prophetic word made surer, to which ye do well taking heed (as to a lamp shining in an obscure place) until the day dawn and the morning star arise in your hearts;
1:20knowing this first, that the scope of no prophecy of scripture is had from its own particular interpretation,
2:1But there were false prophets also among the people, as there shall be also among you false teachers, who shall bring in by the bye destructive heresies, and deny the master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction;
2:2and many shall follow their dissolute ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed.
2:3And through covetousness, with well-turned words, will they make merchandise of you: for whom judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction slumbers not.
2:4For if God spared not the angels who had sinned, but having cast them down to the deepest pit of gloom has delivered them to chains of darkness to be kept for judgment;
2:6and having reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha to ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, setting them as an example to those that should afterwards live an ungodly life;
2:7and saved righteous Lot, distressed with the abandoned conversation of the godless,
2:8(for the righteous man through seeing and hearing, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul day after day with their lawless works,)
2:9the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of trial, and to keep the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished;
2:10and specially those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise lordship. Bold are they, self-willed; they do not fear speaking injuriously of dignities:
2:11when angels, who are greater in might and power, do not bring against them, before the Lord, an injurious charge.
2:12But these, as natural animals without reason, made to be caught and destroyed, speaking injuriously in things they are ignorant of, shall also perish in their own corruption,
2:13receiving the reward of unrighteousness; accounting ephemeral indulgence pleasure; spots and blemishes, rioting in their own deceits, feasting with you;
2:14having eyes full of adultery, and that cease not from sin, alluring unestablished souls; having a heart practised in covetousness, children of curse;
2:15having left the straight way they have gone astray, having followed in the path of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the reward of unrighteousness;
2:16but had reproof of his own wickedness -- the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the folly of the prophet.
2:17These are springs without water, and mists driven by storm, to whom the gloom of darkness is reserved for ever.
2:18For while speaking great highflown words of vanity, they allure with the lusts of the flesh, by dissoluteness, those who have just fled those who walk in error,
2:19promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a man is subdued, by him is he also brought into slavery.
2:20For if after having escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, again entangled, they are subdued by these, their last state is worse than the first.
2:22But that word of the true proverb has happened to them: The dog has turned back to his own vomit; and, The washed sow to her rolling in mud.
3:1This, a second letter, beloved, I already write to you, in both which I stir up, in the way of putting you in remembrance, your pure mind,
3:2to be mindful of the words spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the Lord and Saviour by your apostles;
3:3knowing this first, that there shall come at the close of the days mockers with mocking, walking according to their own lusts,
3:4and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for from the time the fathers fell asleep all things remain thus from the beginning of the creation.
3:5For this is hidden from them through their own wilfulness, that heavens were of old, and an earth, having its subsistence out of water and in water, by the word of God,
3:6through which waters the then world, deluged with water, perished.
3:7But the present heavens and the earth by his word are laid up in store, kept for fire unto a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
3:8But let not this one thing be hidden from you, beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
3:9The Lord does not delay his promise, as some account of delay, but is longsuffering towards you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
3:10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, and the elements, burning with heat, shall be dissolved, and the earth and the works in it shall be burnt up.
3:12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements, burning with heat, shall melt?
3:13But, according to his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
3:14Wherefore, beloved, as ye wait for these things, be diligent to be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless;
3:15and account the longsuffering of our Lord to be salvation; according as our beloved brother Paul also has written to you according to the wisdom given to him,
3:16as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; among which some things are hard to be understood, which the untaught and ill-established wrest, as also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
3:17*Ye* therefore, beloved, knowing these things before, take care lest, being led away along with the error of the wicked, ye should fall from your own stedfastness:
3:18but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.