Purpose of This Letter

1 This is now, 1beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am 2stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
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2 that you should 3remember the words spoken beforehand by 4the holy prophets and 5the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
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The Coming Day of the Lord

3 6Know this first of all, that 7in the last days 8mockers will come with their mocking, 9following after their own lusts,
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5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that 14by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was 15formed out of water and by water,
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    • a 3:5 - Or "they are willfully ignorant of this fact, that"
      6 through which 16the world at that time was 17destroyed, being flooded with water.
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      8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, 21beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and 22a thousand years like one day.
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      9 23The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but 24is patient toward you, 25not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

      A New Heaven and Earth

      10 But 26the day of the Lord 27will come like a thief, in which 28the heavens 29will pass away with a roar and the 30elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and 31the earth and its works will be burned up.
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      11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
      12 32looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which 33the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the 34elements will melt with intense heat!
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      15 and regard the 42patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also 43our beloved brother Paul, 44according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
      16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of 45these things, 46in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and 47unstable distort, as they do also 48the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
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      17 You therefore, 49beloved, knowing this beforehand, 50be on your guard so * that you are not carried away by 51the error of 52unprincipled men and 53fall from your own steadfastness,
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      18 but grow in the grace and 54knowledge of our 55Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 56To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.