- Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them
that have obtained like precious faith with us through the
righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
- Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of
God, and of Jesus our Lord,
- According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that
hath called us to glory and virtue:
- Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
- And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge;
- And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to
- And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness
- For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye
shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord
- But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar
off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
- Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never
- For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
- Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in
remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established
in the present truth.
- Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to
stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
- Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as
our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
- Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease
to have these things always in remembrance.
- For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made
known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were
eyewitnesses of his majesty.
- For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there
came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased.
- And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were
with him in the holy mount.
- We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well
that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until
the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
- Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
- For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
- But there were false prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in
damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring
upon themselves swift destruction.
- And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
- And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not,
and their damnation slumbereth not.
- For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down
to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved
- And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a
preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the
- And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned
them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after
should live ungodly;
- And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the
- (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and
hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful
- The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and
to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
- But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of
uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they,
selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
- Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not
railing accusation against them before the Lord.
- But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and
destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and
shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
- And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that
count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and
blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they
feast with you;
- Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin;
beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous
practices; cursed children:
- Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray,
following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of
- But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with
man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
- These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a
tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
- For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure
through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that
were clean escaped from them who live in error.
- While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the
servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is
he brought in bondage.
- For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world
through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are
again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with
them than the beginning.
- For it had been better for them not to have known the way of
righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy
commandment delivered unto them.
- But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The
dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to
her wallowing in the mire.
- This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which
I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
- That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by
the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the
Lord and Saviour:
- Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
- 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 the creation.
- For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God
the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and
in the water:
- Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water,
- But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word
are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and
perdition of ungodly men.
- But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is
with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
- The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in
the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works
that are therein shall be burned up.
- Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
- Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat?
- Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens
and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
- Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be
diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and
- And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation;
even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given
unto him hath written unto you;
- As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;
in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are
unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,
unto their own destruction.
- Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before,
beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall
from your own stedfastness.
- But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
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