Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: 2 PETER - Chapter 1


He exhorts them to join all other virtues with their faith: in order to secure their salvation.

1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them who have obtained equal faith with us, in the justice of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

2 May grace and peace abound to you in the knowledge of God, and of Christ Jesus, our Lord.

3 According as all things of his divine power, which appertain to life and piety, are given to us, through the knowledge of him who hath called us by his own proper glory and virtue,

4 By whom he hath given us very great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature: flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world.

5 And you, giving all diligence, join with your faith, virtue, and with virtue, knowledge,

6 And with knowledge, abstinence, and with abstinence, patience, with patience, piety,

7 And with piety, brotherly love, and with brotherly love, charity.

8 For if these things be with you, and abound, they will make you to be neither empty, nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 For he that hath not these things with him, is blind, and groping, forgetting his being purged from his old sins.

10 Wherefore, brethren, labour the more, that by good works you may make sure your vocation and election: for doing these things, you shall not sin at any time.

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

12 For which cause I will begin to put you always in remembrance of these things: though indeed you know them, and are confirmed in the present truth.

13 But I think it just as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by reminding you:

14 Being assured that the laying aside of this my tabernacle is at hand, even according as our Lord Jesus Christ hath *signified to me.

15 And I will endeavour, that you frequently have after my decease, whereby you may keep a memory of these things.

16 *For we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eye-witnesses of his majesty.

17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory; this voice coming down to him from the excellent glory: *This is my beloved Son, in whom I am pleased; hear ye him.

18 And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount.

19 And we have the surer word of prophecy: to which you do well to attend, as to a light shining in a dark place until the day dawn, and the morning star rise in your hearts:

20 *Understanding this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is made by private interpretation.

21 For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time; but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost.



14: John xxi. 19.

16: 1 Corinthians i. 17.

17: Matthew xvii. 5.

20: 2 Timothy iii. 16.