1 Simon Peter a slave and an apostle of Jesus Christ to the equally precious ones who have with us obtained faith in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you by a full knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 As his divine power has given to us all things belonging to life and piety through the full knowledge of the one who called us to his own glory and virtue, 4 through which things he has given to us the very great and precious promises, in order that through these you might become a sharer of the divine nature, escaping from the corruption in the world caused by lust. 5 But also for this very reason with all diligence bring in supply of virtue into your faith, and into virtue knowledge, 6 and into knowledge self-control, and into self-control endurance, and into endurance piety, 7 and into piety brotherly friendship, and into brotherly friendship love. 8 For these things being in you and abounding makes you neither barren nor unfruitful in full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; 9 for in whom these things are not present, he is blind and short-sighted, being forgetful of the cleansing of his sins in times past. 10 Wherefore rather, brothers, be diligent to make your calling and choice firm; for doing these things you will by no means ever fail. 11 For so the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
12 Wherefore I will intend always to remind you concerning these things, though you know them and have been confirmed in the present truth. 13 And I deem it right, so long as I am in this tabernacle, to rouse you by a reminder, 14 knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle is soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me; 15 and I will be also be diligent to cause you to always have the memory of these things after my exodus. 16 For we did not make the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ known to you by following cleverly devised fables, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when such a voice was borne to him by the magnificent glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased;” 18 and we heard this voice that was sent out of heaven when we were with him in the holy mountain. 19 And we have the more firm prophetic word, to which you do well to take heed as to a lamp shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the daystar rises in your hearts; 20 firstly knowing this, that no prophecy of scripture comes about of its own interpretation; 21 for prophecy was not brought at any time by will of man, but men spoke from God while being carried by the Holy Spirit.
But there were also false prophets among the people, as indeed there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions, and having brought them they have denied the Master, bringing swift destruction on themselves; 2 and many will follow their licentiousness, because they will blaspheme the way of truth; 3 and by covetousness they will make merchandise of you with fabricated words; for whom the judgment of old does not linger, and their destruction does not slumber. 4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but consigned them to Tartarus, delivered to pits of darkness to be kept for judgment, 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but guarded the eighth man Noe, a herald of righteousness, when a flood was brought on a world of impious men, 6 and condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorra covering them with ashes by an overthrow, having made an example of men who intend to live impiously, 7 and delivered righteous Lot who was oppressed by the licentious conduct of the lawless; 8 for dwelling among them that righteous man was tormented day after day in his soul with seeing and hearing their lawless works; 9 the Lord knows how to deliver pious men out of trial, but to keep unjust men for being punished on a day of judgment, 10 and most of all the ones who go after flesh in defiling lust and who despise dominion. Self-satisfied darers, they do not tremble at blaspheming glories, 11 where angels who are greater in strength and power do not bring railing judgment against them before the Lord. 12 But these men, as natural animals without reason who were born for capture and corruption, railing in things of which they are ignorant, indeed they will be corrupted in their corruption, 13 suffering wrong as wages of wrong; who deem it pleasure to luxuriate in the daylight, spots and blemishes reveling in their deceits feasting along with you, 14 having eyes full of an adulteress and not ceasing from sin, alluring unsteady souls, having a heart exercised in covetousness, cursed children; 15 forsaking a straight way they erred, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrong, 16 and was reproved of his own transgression; a dumb ass speaking with a man's voice restrained the prophet's madness. 17 These men are waterless springs and mists being driven along by a storm, for whom the gloom of darkness has been kept. 18 For speaking immoderate words of vanity they allure through the excessive lusts of the flesh the ones almost escaping those who live in error, 19 promising freedom to them, but themselves being slaves of corruption, for by whom anyone has been defeated, to this man he has been enslaved. 20 For if they have escaped the defilements of the world by a full knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but then become entangled by these again they have been defeated, the last things have become to them worse than the first. 21 For it was better for them to have not fully known the way of righteousness, than after fully knowing it to turn from the holy commandment that was delivered to them. 22 The thing of the true proverb has happened to them, “The dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “The washed sow to wallowing in mud.”
Now, beloved, I write this second epistle to you, in which by reminder I rouse your sincere mind, to remember the words that have previously been spoken by the holy prophets and the commandment of your Lord and Savior through the apostles, 3 firstly knowing this, that during the last days mockers will come in mocking and going according to their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of His presence? For from the day when the fathers fell asleep, all things remain the same from the beginning of creation.” 5 For wishing this were so has concealed from them that the heavens were of old and the earth by the water and through the water was held together by the word of God, through which the world then perished by being inundated by water; 7 but the present heavens and the earth are stored up and being kept for fire in a day of judgment and destruction of impious men. 8 But do not let this one thing be concealed from you, beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow of the promise, as some deem slowness, but is longsuffering toward you, not purposing any to perish but all men to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing sound, and the elements will pass away burning, and the earth and the works in it will be laid bare. 11 All these things being dissolved this way, what sort of men should you be in holy conduct and piety, 12 awaiting and hastening the presence of the day of God, on account of which the heavens having been set on fire will be dissolved and the burning elements will melt. 13 But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 14 Wherefore, beloved, as you await these things be diligent to be found by him in peace, spotless and unblemished, 15 and deem the Lord's longsuffering of us as salvation, as indeed our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him, 16 as also in all his epistles he speaks in them concerning these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the unlearned and unsteady also twist as they do the remaining scriptures to their own destruction. 17 Therefore knowing these things before, beloved, be on your guard lest being led away by the error of the lawless you fall from your own stability, 18 but grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him is the glory both now and unto an ageless day.