knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, (A)walking according to 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 (B)creation.” For this they willfully forget: that (C)by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth (D)standing out of water and in the water, (E)by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But (F)the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for (G)fire until the day of judgment and [a]perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and (H)a thousand years as one day. (I)The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but (J)is longsuffering toward [b]us, (K)not willing that any should perish but (L)that all should come to repentance.

The Day of the Lord

10 But (M)the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which (N)the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be [c]burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be (O)in holy conduct and godliness, 12 (P)looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will (Q)be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will (R)melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for (S)new heavens and a (T)new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Be Steadfast

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent (U)to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that (V)the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

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  1. 2 Peter 3:7 destruction
  2. 2 Peter 3:9 NU you
  3. 2 Peter 3:10 NU laid bare, lit. found