Dear friends,1 this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders2 to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets3 and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.43
First of all, you must understand that in the last days5 scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.64
They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised?7 Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."85
But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word9 the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.106
By these waters also the world of that time11 was deluged and destroyed.127
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,13 being kept for the day of judgment14 and destruction of ungodly men.
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.159
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,16 as some understand slowness. He is patient17 with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.18