Against scoffers, denying the second coming of Christ, he
declares the sudden dissolution of this world; and exhorts to holiness of life.
1 This second epistle behold I write to you, dearly beloved, in which I
excite by admonition your sincere mind:
2 That you may be mindful of those words which I told you before from the
holy prophets, and of your apostles, of the precepts of the Lord and Saviour.
3 Knowing this first, *that in the last days there shall come scoffers
with deceit, walking according to their own lusts,
4 Saying: *Where is his promise or his coming? For, since the fathers slept,
all things continue so from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before,
and the earth, out of water and through water, consisting by the word of God:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.
7 But the heavens which now are, and the earth, by the same word are kept
in store, reserved for fire unto the day of judgment, and of the perdition of wicked men.
8 But be not ignorant, my beloved, of this one thing, that one day with
the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord delayeth not his promise, as some imagine: but acts patiently
for your sake, not willing that any should perish, but that all should return to penance.
10 *But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens
shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth, and the works that are in
it, shall be burnt up.
11 Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of
people ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness,
12 Expecting, and hastening unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by
which the burning heavens shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the heat of fire?
13 *But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promise,
in which justice dwelleth.
14 Wherefore, dearly beloved, expecting these things, endeavour diligently,
that you may be found before him spotless and blameless in peace,
15 *And account the long-suffering of our Lord, salvation: as also our
most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you,
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things:
in which are some things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as also the other Scriptures, to their
17 You therefore, brethren, knowing these things before, beware; lest being
led away by the error of the unwise, you fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But increase in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour,
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and unto the day of eternity. Amen.
3: 1 Timothy iv. 1.; 2 Timothy iii. 1.; Jude i. 18.
4: Ezechiel xii. 27.
10: 1 Thessalonians v. 2.; Apocalypse iii. 3. and xvi. 15.
13: Isaias lxv. 17. and lxvi. 22.; Apocalypse xxii. 1.
15: Romans ii. 4.