2 Peter 3:1-6 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dear friends, this is the second letter I'm writing to you. In both letters I'm trying to refresh your memory. 1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
2 I want you to remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and what the Lord and Savior commanded you through your apostles. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 First, you must understand this: In the last days people who follow their own desires will appear. These disrespectful people will ridicule [God's promise] 3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
4 by saying, "What's happened to his promise to return? Ever since our ancestors died, everything continues as it did from the beginning of the world." 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
5 They are deliberately ignoring one fact: Because of God's word, heaven and earth existed a long time ago. The earth [appeared] out of water and was kept alive by water. 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
6 Water also flooded and destroyed that world. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.