34Knowthisfirst of all, that 5in the lastdays6mockers will come with their mocking, 7followingafter their ownlusts,
and saying, "8Where is the promise of His 9coming? For ever since the fathers10fellasleep, allcontinuesjust as it was 11from the beginning of creation."
For awhen they maintainthis, it escapes their notice that 12by the word of God the heavensexistedlongago and the earth was 13formed out of water and by water,
6throughwhich14the world at that time was 15destroyed, being flooded with water.
But by His word16the presentheavens and earth are being reserved for 17fire, kept for 18the day of judgment and destruction of ungodlymen.
But do not let thisone fact escape your notice, 19beloved, that with the Lordoneday is like a thousandyears, and 20a thousandyearslikeoneday.
921The Lord is not slow about His promise, as somecountslowness, but 22is patienttoward you, 23not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
But 24the day of the Lord25will comelike a thief, in which26the heavens27will passaway with a roar and the 28elements will be destroyed with intenseheat, and 29the earth and bits works will be cburned up.
Since allthesethings are to be destroyed in thisway, whatsort of people ought you to be in holyconduct and godliness,
1230looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which31the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the 32elements will melt with intenseheat!