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2 Peter 3:1-13 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Coming Day of the Lord

1 Dear friends, this [is] already the second letter I am writing to you, in [both of] which I am attempting to stir up your sincere mind by a reminder, 2 to remember the words proclaimed beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 above all knowing this, that in the last days scoffers will come with scoffing, following according to their own desires 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For {ever since}a the fathers fell asleep, all [things] have continued just as they have been from the beginning of creation." 5 For [when]b they maintain this, it escapes [their] notice that the heavens existed long ago and the earth held together out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 by means of which things the world that existed at that time was destroyed [by]c being inundated with water. 7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly people. 8 Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your [notice], that one day with the Lord [is] like a thousand years, and a thousand years [is] like one day. 9 The Lord is not delaying the promise, as some consider slowness, but is being patient toward you, [because he]d does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will disappear with a rushing noise, and the celestial bodies will be destroyed [by]e being burned up, and the earth and the deeds [done] on it will be disclosed. 11 [Because]f all these things are being destroyed in this way, what sort of [people] must you be in holy behavior and godliness, 12 [while]g waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed [by]h being burned up and the celestial bodies will melt [as they]i are consumed by heat! 13 But according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness resides.
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