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2nd. Peter 1
1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like
precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2Grace and
peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3According as
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: 4By which are given to us exceedingly
great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love. 8For if these things are in you and
abound, they make you so that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he who lacks these things is blind and cannot see far off and has
forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10Therefore rather, brothers, give diligence to
make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: 11For so an
entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
12Therefore I will not be negligent to always put you in remembrance of these things, though you know them and are established in the present truth. 13Yes, I think it fitting, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance, 14Knowing that shortly I
must put off my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me. 15And I will
endeavor that after my decease you may be able to have these things always in remembrance.
16For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power
and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye witnesses of his majesty. 17For he received
from God the Father honor 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. 18And we heard that voice which came from heaven when we were with him in the holy mount.
19We have also a more sure word of prophecy, to which you do well that you take heed, as to
a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts.
20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21For the prophecy did not come in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke
as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
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1But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be false teachers
among you, who privately shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord who bought
them and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2And many shall follow their pernicious ways,
by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3And through covetousness they shall make merchandise of you with feigned words, whose
judgment now for a long time does not linger and their damnation does not slumber. 4For if God
spared not the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hades and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved to judgment 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly,
6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example to those who should afterward live ungodly,
7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. 8(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.) 9The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:
10But chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise
government. They are presumptuous, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11While angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring railing accusations against
them before the Lord. 12But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they do not understand and shall utterly perish in their own corruption,
13And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to riot in the day time. They are spots and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you. 14Having eyes full of adultery and who cannot cease from sin. Beguiling unstable souls, they have a heart exercised with covetous practices, cursed children, 15Who have forsaken the right way and have gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 16But was rebuked for his iniquity, the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbade the madness of the prophet. 17These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh and wantonness, those who had clean escaped from those who live in error. 19While 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. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it would have 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 to them. 22But it happens to them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned again to his own vomit and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
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1Beloved, this second epistle I now write to you in which I stir up your pure minds by way
of remembrance. 2That you 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 Savior.
3Knowing this first, that scoffers shall come in the last days, walking after their own lusts 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. 5For they are willingly
ignorant of this, that by the word of God the heavens were of old and the earth standing out of the water and in the water 6By which the world that was then, being overflowed with water, perished.
7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word kept in store, reserved
for fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8But, beloved, do not be ignorant of this one thing, that one day is as a
thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years as one day.
9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness but is
longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to
10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in 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 in it shall be burned up.
11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner
of people ought you to be
in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking for and hurrying to the coming of the day of God, in which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with
fervent heat? 13But we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, in
which righteousness dwells. 14Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be
diligent that you may be found by him in peace, without spot and blameless.
15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation, even as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has also written to you. 16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things. In which are some things hard to be understood, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. 17Therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you are also led away with the error of the wicked and fall from your own steadfastness. 18But grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
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