By these waters also the world of that time1 was deluged and destroyed.27
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,3 being kept for the day of judgment4 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.59
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,6 as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient7 with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.810
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.9 The heavens will disappear with a roar;10 the elements will be destroyed by fire,11 and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.a1211
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward13 to the day of God and speed its coming.b14 That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.1513
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,16 where righteousness dwells.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless17 and at peace with him.
Bear in mind that our Lord's patience18 means salvation,19 just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.2016
He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable21 people distort,22 as they do the other Scriptures,23 to their own destruction.