1This is now, 1beloved, the secondletter I am writing to you in which I am 2stirring up your sinceremind by way of reminder,
that you should 3remember the wordsspokenbeforehand by 4the holyprophets and 5the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
36Knowthisfirst of all, that 7in the lastdays8mockers will come with their mocking, 9followingafter their ownlusts,
and saying, "10Where is the promise of His 11coming? For ever since the fathers12fellasleep, allcontinuesjust as it was 13from the beginning of creation."
For awhen they maintainthis, it escapes their notice that 14by the word of God the heavensexistedlongago and the earth was 15formed out of water and by water,
6throughwhich16the world at that time was 17destroyed, being flooded with water.
But by His word18the presentheavens and earth are being reserved for 19fire, kept for 20the day of judgment and destruction of ungodlymen.
But do not let thisone fact escape your notice, 21beloved, that with the Lordoneday is like a thousandyears, and 22a thousandyearslikeoneday.
923The Lord is not slow about His promise, as somecountslowness, but 24is patienttoward you, 25not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.