Book of 2ndPeter
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|Simon-Peter (v 1:1); one of the 12 disciples, possibly written from a Roman prison.||
Peter wrote this Epistle to the churches in Asia Minor, to the same recipients as
first Peter. Shortly after writing this epistle Peter was martyred by
the persecutions of Nero. This epistle first encourages the believers to stir
themselves up in the Lord, Warning of false teachers and encouraging the believers
to get knowledge so as to not fall into deception.
|Between 65-68 AD.|
1Simon-Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ. To those who have obtained the precious faith through righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. 2Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the acknowledgement of God and Jesus our Lord, 3As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him, who has called us to glory and virtue. 4Through the great and precious promises that He has given us, we may escape the lustful corruption of the world and partake in His divine nature.
5For this reason, diligently add to your faith, virtue and through virtue knowledge, 6through knowledge self-control, through self-control perseverance and through perseverance, we shall obtain godliness, 7Godliness brings forth brotherly kindness and brotherly kindness, love. 8If you abound in these things you will not lack nor be unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9He who lacks these things is shortsighted and even blind for he has forgotten that he was delivered from his old life of sins.
10Therefore, brethren be even more determined to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never fall. 11For by this, a way shall be provided for you into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12I do not hesitate to remind you of these things, even though you are already established and know the truth. 13For as long as I am on this earth, I think it right, that I stir you up by reminding you of these things. 14Shortly I will not be with you, as our Lord Jesus Christ has given me the vision of my death. 15But even after my death, I will arrange that you always have a reminder of these things.
16For when we made known to you, the coming and the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, we did not talk or follow cunning fables, rather we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17For at the transfiguration, we witnessed the glory and honor He received when a voice came from the Father in heaven, saying; This is My beloved Son, in who I am well pleased. 18These are the words that came from heaven and we heard them when we were on the holy mountain, Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13, Luke 9:28-36.
19By this, we know that the prophetic word is confirmed and you would be wise to heed that word. Just as a light shines in a dark place, until the day when it rises in your hearts. 20Knowing that the scriptures did not come from any interpretation of man, 21For prophecy has never come by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
1There are false prophets among the people, just as there are also false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Lord, who had bought them out and in doing so they will bring on themselves swift destruction. 2Many shall follow their destructive ways and because of them the way of truth will be spoken of as evil and blasphemed. 3In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words, being more than willing to judge others, however their destruction is certain.
4For God did not spare the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, bound by chains and delivered them up to be kept until the judgment day. 5Nor did He spare the ancient world, bringing a flood unto the ungodly, but saved only Noah, a preacher of righteousness and his family, eight people out of all. 6Also the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were turned into ashes and was made an example of those who afterwards would live ungodly lives. 7Only righteous Lot was saved, who had been worn down by the foul conduct of that city. 8For that righteous man was tormented daily in his soul by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds. 9For the Lord knows how to deliver the Godly out of temptations and to deliver the unjust unto judgment. 10Especially those who walk according to the flesh, catering to their lusts of uncleanness. They continually overstep their bounds, for they are self-willed, unafraid to speak evil of authorities. 11Whereby angels who are greater and mightier than men, they do not even dare to bring such assertions before the Lord.
12But these men are like irrational natural beasts, made to be caught and destroyed. For they speak evil of what they do not understand and they will perish in their own corruption. 13Receiving wages of unrighteousness, they indulge themselves in pleasures in the daytime, they are spots and blemishes as they build their own deceptions as they feast with you. 14Having eyes fixed on adultery they cannot cease from sinning, enticing those who have unstable souls, for they have a heart that is trained in covetous practices and they are accursed children. 15They have forsaken the truth and have gone astray. Following the way of Balaam, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 16but the prophet in his folly was rebuked for his iniquity by his dumb donkey. 17These men are as, wells without water, storm clouds without rain, promising much, but delivering nothing. They shall be domed to darkness forever.
18These men speak great swelling words of vanity, as they entice others through the lusts of the flesh and bring back into bondage those who have truly escaped conducting themselves in error. 19While they promise liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption. And those who receive their instruction, become under the same bondage as they are. 20For if they had once escaped the filth of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, now having again become entangled in error, the latter state being worse than the first. 21It would have indeed been better for them if they had not known the way of righteousness, then having known it and turned from it. 22But this happened according to the proverb written in scripture; A dog will return to his own vomit and a pig once made clean will return to wallow in the mud, Proverbs 26:11.
1Beloved, I write this second letter to you, to also be a reminder to stir up your pure minds in the Lord. 2That you might be mindful of the words spoken by the holy prophets and of the commandments of our Lord and Savior. 3Know, that scoffers will come in the last days, that walk according to their own fleshly desires. 4Questioning the promise of His coming and saying since the ancient fathers died, all things have remained as they have been from the beginning. 5They have purposely forgotten that by the Word of God, the heavens and the earth were created, Genesis chapter 1. 6And later the world that existed perished due to a great flood, Genesis chapter 6. 7Now the same heavens and earth that are preserved by the same Word are reserved for fire in the day of judgment and damnation for the ungodly men.
8But be not ignorant of this, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day. 9The Lord is faithful concerning His promise to us, but He is long suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
10The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, the heavens will pass away, all created matter will melt away and the whole earth will be burnt up. 11Therefore since all earthly matter will be dissolved. Should you not then conduct yourself in holiness and godliness, 12anticipating the day of the Lord? 13Nevertheless, according to His promise we look for a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will dwell.
14Therefore beloved, look for the coming of these things, be diligent to keep yourself in peace without spot and be blameless. 15Considering the long suffering of our Lord is for our salvation. As the beloved apostle Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you. 16In the epistles he speaks on these things, whereby some of the things are hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they also do the same to the rest of the scriptures. 17Therefore beloved, since you are now warned of this, do not be deceived and fall away from your own steadfastness being led away with the same error as the wicked. 18But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory now and forever, Amen.