1 Simon Peter, the servant of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those receiving like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
3 As His divine power having given unto us all things which appertain to life and godliness, through the perfect knowledge of the one having called us to his own glory and virtue: 4 through which precious and greatest promises have been given unto us; that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And in harmony with this same thing also, add to your faith heroism; and to heroism, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge holiness; and to holiness patience; and patience, godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness divine love. 8 For these things, being in you and overflowing, render you neither barren nor unfruitful in the perfect knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; 9 for he unto whom these things are not present is blind, not seeing afar off, having received the forgetfulness of his purgation from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be the more diligent to make your calling and election sure: for doing these things you can never fall. 11 For in this way an entrance will be administered unto you abundantly into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Therefore I will be about to always remind you concerning these things, even though knowing them, and being established in the present truth. 13 But I consider it righteous, so long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by remembrance; 14 knowing that the laying aside of my tabernacle is swift, as our Lord Jesus Christ also showed to me. 15 And I will endeavor to have each one of you after my departure make mention of these things.
16 For not having followed cunningly devised fables, have we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but having been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For having received from God the Father the honor and glory of such a voice having been borne to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 We, being with him in the holy mount, heard this voice borne from heaven. 19 And we have the more certain word of prophecy; to which you do well giving heed, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day may dawn, and the morning-star may rise in your hearts: 20 know this in the first place, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. 21 For in the olden time prophecy did not come by the will of man: but men moved by the Holy Ghost spoke from God.