By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,(A) being kept for the day of judgment(B) and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.(C) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,(D) as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient(E) with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(F)

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.(G) The heavens will disappear with a roar;(H) the elements will be destroyed by fire,(I) and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a](J)

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward(K) to the day of God and speed its coming.[b](L) That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.(M) 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,(N) where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless(O) and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience(P) means salvation,(Q) just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.(R) 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable(S) people distort,(T) as they do the other Scriptures,(U) to their own destruction.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard(V) so that you may not be carried away by the error(W) of the lawless(X) and fall from your secure position.(Y) 18 But grow in the grace(Z) and knowledge(AA) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(AB) To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.(AC)

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  1. 2 Peter 3:10 Some manuscripts be burned up
  2. 2 Peter 3:12 Or as you wait eagerly for the day of God to come

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