New Revised Standard Version
[2 Peter 1]
1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the
righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of
Jesus our Lord.
3 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4
Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great
promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in
the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. 5
For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with
goodness, and goodness with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and
self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness
with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. 8 For if these things
are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective
and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For anyone who
lacks these things is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing
of past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to
confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. 11
For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ will be richly provided for you.
Three solemn appeals
12 Therefore I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you
know them already and are established in the truth that has come to you. 13 I
think it right, as long as I am in this body, to refresh your memory, 14 since
I know that my death will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has made
clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you
may be able at any time to recall these things.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the
power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his
majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that
voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, my
Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." 18 We ourselves heard this voice come
from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
19 So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to
be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns
and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 First of all you must understand
this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
21 because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the
Holy Spirit spoke from God.
[2 Peter 2]
Warnings against false teachings
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false
teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions. They will
even deny the Master who bought them – bringing swift destruction on
themselves. 2 Even so, many will follow their licentious ways, and because of
these teachers the way of truth will be maligned. 3 And in their greed they
will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, pronounced against
them long ago, has not been idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
4 For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into
hell and committed them to chains of deepest darkness to be kept until the
judgment; 5 and if he did not spare the ancient world, even though he saved
Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood on
a world of the ungodly; 6 and if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example of what is
coming to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man greatly
distressed by the licentiousness of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man,
living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by their
lawless deeds that he saw and heard), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the
godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day
of judgment 10 – especially those who indulge their flesh in depraved lust,
and who despise authority.
Bold and willful, they are not afraid to slander the glorious ones, 11 whereas
angels, though greater in might and power, do not bring against them a
slanderous judgment from the Lord. 12 These people, however, are like
irrational animals, mere creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed.
They slander what they do not understand, and when those creatures are
destroyed, they also will be destroyed, 13 suffering the penalty for doing
wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and
blemishes, reveling in their dissipation while they feast with you. 14 They
have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls.
They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 They have left the
straight road and have gone astray, following the road of Balaam son of Bosor,
who loved the wages of doing wrong, 16 but was rebuked for his own
transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with a human voice and restrained the
17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm; for them the
deepest darkness has been reserved. 18 For they speak bombastic nonsense, and
with licentious desires of the flesh they entice people who have just escaped
from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they
themselves are slaves of corruption; for people are slaves to whatever masters
them. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through
the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in
them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of
righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment
that was passed on to them. 22 It has happened to them according to the true
"The dog turns back to its own vomit,"
"The sow is washed only to wallow in the mud."
[2 Peter 3]
A defense of the expectation of the coming of Christ
1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am
trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you 2 that you should
remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the
commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles. 3 First of
all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come,
scoffing and indulging their own lusts 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of
his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they
were from the beginning of creation!" 5 They deliberately ignore this fact,
that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out
of water and by means of water, 6 through which the world of that time was
deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the present heavens
and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgment
and destruction of the godless.
8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like
a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9 The Lord is not
slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,
not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of
the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a
loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and
everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of
persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting
for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens
will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13
But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth,
where righteousness is at home.
Final exhortation and doxology
14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be
found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15 and regard the patience of
our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according
to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters.
There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and
unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17
You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not
carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18 But
grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be
the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.