Simon Peter, a servant1 and apostle of Jesus Christ,2 To those who through the righteousness3 of our God and Savior Jesus Christ4 have received a faith as precious as ours:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance5 through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.6
His divine power7 has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him8 who called us9 by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,10 so that through them you may participate in the divine nature11 and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.125
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;136
and to knowledge, self-control;14 and to self-control, perseverance;15 and to perseverance, godliness;167
and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.17