THE SECOND EPISTLE
D. God's Judgment on the Heretical Mockers
1 This second letter, beloved, I now write to you; in them both I astir up your sincere mind with a breminder,
2 So that you would aremember the 1bwords spoken before by the holy cprophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior preached by your dapostles;
3 Knowing this first, that in the 1alast of days 2bmockers will come with mocking, going on according to their own clusts
4 And saying, aWhere is the 1bpromise of His 2ccoming? For since the dfathers fell easleep, all things continue in this way from the fbeginning of gcreation.
5 For 1this escapes them by their own choosing, that by the 2aword of God the 3bheavens cwere of old and the 3earth was 4compacted out of water and through dwater,
6 Through 1which the 2aworld 3then, being 4bflooded with water, 5cperished.
7 But the aheavens and the earth 1now, by the 2same bword, have been cstored up for 3dfire, being ekept unto the fday of 4judgment and 5gdestruction of 6hungodly men.
8 But do not let this one thing 1escape you, beloved, that with the Lord 2one day is like a thousand years and a athousand years like one day.
9 The Lord 1does not adelay regarding the bpromise, as 2some count 3cdelay, but is 4dlong-suffering toward you, not intending that any 5eperish but that 6fall advance to 7grepentance.
E. God's Judgment on the Heavens
and the Earth
10 But the 1aday of the Lord will 2come as a bthief, in 3which the 4cheavens will pass away with a 5roar, and the 6elements, burning with intense heat, will be 7ddissolved, and the eearth and the 8works in it will be 7burned up.
11 Since 1all these things 2are to be thus dissolved, what kind of persons ought you to be 3in aholy manner of life and bgodliness,
12 1aExpecting and hastening the 2coming of the 3day of God, on account of 4which the heavens, being on bfire, will be dissolved, and the elements, burning with intense heat, are to be melted away?
F. Expectation of the New Heavens and
the New Earth Filled with God's Righteousness
13 But according to His 1apromise we are expecting 2bnew heavens and a new earth, in which 3righteousness 4dwells.
G. Preparation for the Coming Judgment
1. To Be Found by Him in Peace
14 Therefore, abeloved, since you expect these things, be diligent to be 1bfound by Him in cpeace 2without spot and dwithout blemish;
2. To Be Saved from Destruction
15 And 1count the 2along-suffering of our Lord to be 3bsalvation, even as 4also our beloved brother cPaul, according to the dwisdom given to him, wrote to you,
16 As also in 1all his letters, speaking in them concerning 2these things, in which some things are ahard to understand, which the unlearned and bunstable 3twist, as also the 2rest of the cScriptures, to their own 4destruction.
IV. Conclusion --
Be on Guard and Grow
in the Grace and Knowledge of the Lord
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, 1be on your guard lest being 2carried away by the error of the 3lawless, you 4afall from your own bsteadfastness.
18 But 1agrow in the 2grace and 3bknowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 4To Him be the cglory both now and unto the day of eternity. Amen.