Simon Peter, a servant1 and apostle of Jesus Christ,2 To those who through the righteousness3 of our God and Savior Jesus Christ4 have received a faith as precious as ours:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance5 through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.6
His divine power7 has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him8 who called us9 by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,10 so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,11 having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.125
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;136
and to knowledge, self-control;14 and to self-control, perseverance;15 and to perseverance, godliness;167
and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.178
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive18 in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.199
But if any of you do not have them, you are nearsighted and blind,20 and you have forgotten that you have been cleansed from your past sins.2110
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling22 and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,2311
and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom24 of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.25
So I will always remind you of these things,26 even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth27 you now have.
I think it is right to refresh your memory28 as long as I live in the tent of this body,2914
because I know that I will soon put it aside,30 as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.3115
And I will make every effort to see that after my departure32 you will always be able to remember these things.
For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power,33 but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.3417
He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."a3518
We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.3619
We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,37 and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light38 shining in a dark place, until the day dawns39 and the morning star40 rises in your hearts.4120
Above all, you must understand42 that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things.
For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God43 as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.44