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2 Peter 3:4-14 (Today's New International Version)

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4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised?1 Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."2 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word3 the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.4 6 By these waters also the world of that time5 was deluged and destroyed.6 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,7 being kept for the day of judgment8 and destruction of the ungodly. 8 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.9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,10 as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient11 with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.12 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.13 The heavens will disappear with a roar;14 the elements will be destroyed by fire,15 and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.a16 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward17 to the day of God and speed its coming.b18 That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.19 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,20 where righteousness dwells. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless21 and at peace with him.
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