31Knowthisfirst of all, that 2in the lastdays3mockers will come with their mocking, 4followingafter their ownlusts,
and saying, "5Where is the promise of His 6coming? For ever since the fathers7fellasleep, allcontinuesjust as it was 8from the beginning of creation."
For awhen they maintainthis, it escapes their notice that 9by the word of God the heavensexistedlongago and the earth was 10formed out of water and by water,
6throughwhich11the world at that time was 12destroyed, being flooded with water.
But by His word13the presentheavens and earth are being reserved for 14fire, kept for 15the day of judgment and destruction of ungodlymen.
But do not let thisone fact escape your notice, 16beloved, that with the Lordoneday is like a thousandyears, and 17a thousandyearslikeoneday.
918The Lord is not slow about His promise, as somecountslowness, but 19is patienttoward you, 20not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.