2 Peter 1
1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained
like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the full true knowledge of God and of Jesus
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through
the full true knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through
these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
the world through lust.
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, supply with your faith virtue, with
6 with knowledge self-control, with self-control perseverance, with perseverance
7 with godliness brotherly affection, and with brotherly affection love.
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in
the full true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that
he was cleansed from his sins of the past.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make sure of your calling and election,
for if you do these things you will not ever stumble;
11 for so an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will
be richly supplied to you.
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to always remind you of these things, though
you know and are established in the present truth.
13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up with reminders,
14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ made known to me.
15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things
after my departure.
16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the
power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him
from the Excellent Glory: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And we heard this voice which came from Heaven when we were with Him on the
19 And so we also have a more sure Word of prophecy, which you do well to heed as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
20 knowing this first, that not any of the prophecies of Scripture came into being from
21 for prophecy was not formerly brought forth by man's choice, but holy men of God
spoke as they were propelled along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 2
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false
teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the
Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their destructive ways, through whom the way of truth will be
3 By covetousness they will exploit you with well-turned words; whose judgment of old
is not idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus and
delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of
righteousness, bringing the flood on the world of the ungodly;
6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to
destruction, making them an example to those intending to live ungodly;
7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the lustful behavior of the wicked
8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, his righteous soul was tormented from
day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds);
9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the
unjust for the day of judgment, to be punished,
10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of defilement and
despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil
11 Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling
accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the
things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption,
13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who consider it pleasure to
carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, delighting in their own deceptions
while they feast with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls;
having a heart exercised in covetousness; accursed children.
15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the
son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice
restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds being driven by a tempest, for whom is
reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of
the flesh, through wantonness, the ones who have actually escaped from those living in
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by
whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the full true
knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and
overcome, the end is worse for them than the beginning.
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to his own
vomit, and, a sow, having been washed, to her wallowing in the mire.
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.