THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF
1:1: 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:
1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through
the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
1:3: 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:
1:4: 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
1:5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add
to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
1:6: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance
patience; and to patience godliness;
1:7: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to
brotherly kindness charity.
1:8: 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 Jesus Christ.
1:9: But he that lacketh these things is blind,
and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged
from his old sins.
1:10: Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence
to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things,
ye shall never fall:
1:11: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto
you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour
1:12: 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.
1:13: Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this
tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
1:14: Knowing that shortly I must put off this my
tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
1:15: Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able
after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
1:16: 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.
1:17: 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.
1:18: And this voice which came from heaven we heard,
when we were with him in the holy mount.
1:19: 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
1:20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the
scripture is of any private interpretation.
1:21: 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
2:1: 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.
2:2: And many shall follow their pernicious ways;
by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2:3: 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.
2:4: 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 unto judgment;
2:5: 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 ungodly;
2:6: 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;
2:7: And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy
conversation of the wicked:
2:8: (For that righteous man dwelling among them,
in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day
with their unlawful deeds;)
2:9: The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out
of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment
to be punished:
2:10: 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.
2:11: Whereas angels, which are greater in power
and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the
2:12: 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;
2:13: 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;
2:14: Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot
cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised
with covetous practices; cursed children:
2:15: Which have forsaken the right way, and are
gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who
loved the wages of unrighteousness;
2:16: But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb
ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
2:17: These are wells without water, clouds that
are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved
2:18: 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
2:19: 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.
2:20: 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.
2:21: 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.
2:22: 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.
3:1: This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto
you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
3:2: 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:
3:3: Knowing this first, that there shall come in
the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
3:4: 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.
3:5: 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:
3:6: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed
with water, perished:
3:7: 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.
3:8: 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.
3:9: 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
3:10: 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.
3:11: Seeing then that all these things shall be
dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation
3:12: 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?
3:13: Nevertheless we, according to his promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
3:14: Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for
such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace,
without spot, and blameless.
3:15: 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;
3:16: 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.
3:17: 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.
3:18: 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.