This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them 1I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
22that you should remember the predictions of 3the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,
knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come 4in the last days with scoffing, 5following their own sinful desires.
46They will say, "Where is the promise of 7his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation."
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth 8was formed out of water and through water 9by the word of God,
and that by means of these the world that then existed 10was deluged with water and 11perished.
But by the same word 12the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and 13destruction of the ungodly.