3 as His d divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him e who called us by glory and virtue, 4 f by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be g partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the 1 corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, h giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue i knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control 2 perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and j to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither 3 barren k nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is l shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent m to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12 For this reason n I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, o though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, p as long as I am in this 4 tent, q to stir you up by reminding you, 14 r knowing that shortly I must 5 put off my tent, just as s our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my 6 decease.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.