2 Peter 3

The Day of the Lord Will Come

1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which a I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words b which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of 1 us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, d walking according to 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 e creation." 5 For this they willfully forget: that f by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth g standing out of water and in the water, 6 h by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But i the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for j fire until the day of judgment and 2 perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and k a thousand years as one day. 9 l The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but m is longsuffering toward 3 us, n not willing that any should perish but o that all should come to repentance. 10 But p the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which q the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be 4 burned up.

11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be r in holy conduct and godliness, 12 s looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will t be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will u melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for v new heavens and a w new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Final Words

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent x to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that y 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 z epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the a rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, b since you know this beforehand, c beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 d but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. e To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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