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