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Simon Peter, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves in and through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is [a]perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and [b]freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, [c]precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [[d]full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).

By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.

For this very reason, [e]adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in [f]exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence),

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  1. 2 Peter 1:2 Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Holy Bible.
  2. 2 Peter 1:2 Webster’s New International Dictionary offers this as a definition of “peace.”
  3. 2 Peter 1:2 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.
  4. 2 Peter 1:3 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.
  5. 2 Peter 1:5 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.
  6. 2 Peter 1:5 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.

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