1 Symeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have been allotted a faith of equal privilege with ours, by the equity of our God and saviour Jesus Christ: 2 grace and peace be multiplied to you by the knowledge of our Lord.
3 Inasmuch as his power divine has bestowed on us every requisite for life and piety by the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence ??4 bestowing on us thereby promises precious and supreme, that by means of them you may escape the corruption produced within the world by lust, and participate in the divine nature ??5 for this very reason, do you contrive to make it your whole concern to furnish your faith with resolution, resolution with intelligence, 6 intelligence with self-control, self-control with stedfastness, stedfastness with piety, 7 piety with brotherliness, brotherliness with Christian love. 8 For as these qualities exist and increase with you, they render you active and fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; 9 whereas he who has not these by him is blind, shortsighted, oblivious that he has been cleansed from his erstwhile sins. 10 So be the more eager, brothers, to ratify your calling and election, for as you practise these qualities you will never make a slip; 11 you will thus be richly furnished with the right of entry into the eternal realm of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Hence I mean to keep on reminding you of this, although you are aware of it and are fixed in the Truth as it is; 13 so long as I am in this tent, I deem it proper to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know my tent must be folded up very soon ??as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me. 15 Yes, and I will see to it that even when I am gone, you will keep this constantly in mind.
16 For it was no fabricated fables that we followed when we reported to you the power and advent of our Lord Jesus Christ; we were admitted to the spectacle of his sovereignty, 17 when he was invested with honour and glory by God the Father, and when the following voice was borne to him from the sublime Glory, "This is my son, the Beloved, in whom I delight."
18 That voice borne from heaven we heard, we who were beside him on the sacred hill, 19 and thus we have gained fresh confirmation of the prophetic word. Pray attend to that word; it shines like a lamp within a darksome spot, till the Day dawns and the daystar rises within your hearts ??20 understanding this, at the outset, that no prophetic scripture allows a man to interpret it by himself; 21 for prophecy never came by human impulse, it was when carried away by the holy Spirit that the holy men of God spoke.