Dear friends,1 this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders2 to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets3 and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.43
Above all, you must understand that in the last days5 scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.64
They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised?7 Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."85
But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word9 the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.106
By these waters also the world of that time11 was deluged and destroyed.127
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,13 being kept for the day of judgment14 and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.159
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,16 as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient17 with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.1810
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.19 The heavens will disappear with a roar;20 the elements will be destroyed by fire,21 and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.a22