The Coming Day of the Lord

3 1Know this first of all, that 2in the last days 3mockers will come with their mocking, 4following after their own lusts,
4 and saying, "5Where is the promise of His 6coming? For ever since * the fathers 7fell asleep, all continues just as it was 8from the beginning of creation."
5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that 9by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was 10formed out of water and by water,
6 through which 11the world at that time was 12destroyed, being flooded with water.
7 But by His word 13the present heavens and earth are being reserved for 14fire, kept for 15the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, 16beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and 17a thousand years like one day.
9 18The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but 19is patient toward you, 20not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

A New Heaven and Earth

10 But 21the day of the Lord 22will come like a thief, in which 23the heavens 24will pass away with a roar and the 25elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and 26the earth and its works will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12 27looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which 28the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the 29elements will melt with intense heat!
14 33Therefore, 34beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be 35found by Him in peace, 36spotless and blameless,
15 and regard the 37patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also 38our beloved brother Paul, 39according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of 40these things, 41in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and 42unstable distort, as they do also 43the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You therefore, 44beloved, knowing this beforehand, 45be on your guard so * that you are not carried away by 46the error of 47unprincipled men and 48fall from your own steadfastness,
18 but grow in the grace and 49knowledge of our 50Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 51To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.