1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which aI stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, band of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3dKnowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, cwalking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, eWhere is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that fby the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed gwith water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto hfire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and ia thousand years as one day.
9mThe Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but lis longsuffering to us-ward, knot willing that any should perish, but jthat all should come to repentance.
10 But othe day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which nthe 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.
11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall pbe dissolved, and the elements shall qmelt with fervent heat?
13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for rnew heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.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.
15 And account thatsthe longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, tspeaking 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.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, ubeware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
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.