Bible, King James Version (KJV)
] 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
] 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.
beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue
] And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance
patience; and to patience godliness;
] And to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
] 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 present truth.
] Yea, I think it meet, as long
as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in
] Knowing that shortly I must put off this my
tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed 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
] 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
] Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is
of any private interpretation.
] 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
] 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
] 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 unto judgment;
] And spared not the old world, but
saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood
upon the world of the ungodly;
] 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 wicked:
] (For that
righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous
soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
] 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 you;
] 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 unrighteousness;
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
] 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 in bondage.
] 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
] 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:
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 and Saviour:
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 the creation.
] 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 the water:
] Whereby the world that
then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
] 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
] Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such
things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and
] 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.