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.19
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,2 as some understand slowness. He is patient3 with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.410
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.5 The heavens will disappear with a roar;6 the elements will be destroyed by fire,7 and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.a811
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward9 to the day of God and speed its coming.b10 That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.1113
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,12 the home of righteousness.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless13 and at peace with him.
Bear in mind that our Lord's patience14 means salvation,15 just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.1616
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 unstable17 people distort,18 as they do the other Scriptures,19 to their own destruction.
Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard20 so that you may not be carried away by the error21 of lawless men22 and fall from your secure position.2318
But grow in the grace24 and knowledge25 of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.26 To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.27