This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you, in both of which I stir up your purity of mind by way of remembrance,
that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
knowing this first: that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts
and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
For of this they are willfully ignorant: that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water,
whereby the world as it then was, being overflowed with water, perished.
But the heavens and the earth which now are, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men.