2 Peter 3:1-9 NIV

The Day of the Lord

1 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.

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2 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.4

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3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days5 scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.6

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4 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."8

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5 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.10

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6 By these waters also the world of that time11 was deluged and destroyed.12

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7 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.

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      8 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.15

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      9 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

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