that you should 1remember the words spoken beforehand by 2the holy prophets and 3the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
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4Know this first of all, that 5in the last days 6mockers will come with their mocking, 7following after their own lusts,
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and saying, "8Where is the promise of His 9coming? For ever since the fathers 10fell asleep, all continues just as it was 11from the beginning of creation."
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For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that 12by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was 13formed out of water and by water,
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through which 14the world at that time was 15destroyed, being flooded with water.
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But by His word 16the present heavens and earth are being reserved for 17fire, kept for 18the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
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But do not let this one fact escape your notice, 19beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and 20a thousand years like one day.
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21The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but 22is patient toward you, 23not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
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But 24the day of the Lord 25will come like a thief, in which 26the heavens 27will pass away with a roar and the 28elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and 29the earth and its works will be burned up.
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Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
30looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which 31the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the 32elements will melt with intense heat!
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