1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them which have obtained like precious faith with us in the righteousness that cometh of our God and saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Grace with you, and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
3 According as his godly power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us by virtue and glory: 4 by the means whereof are given unto us excellent and most great promises; that by the help of them ye should be partakers of the godly nature, in that ye flee the corruption of worldly lust. 5 And hereunto, give all diligence: In your faith, minister virtue; and in virtue, knowledge; 6 and in knowledge, temperance; and in temperance, patience; in patience, godliness; 7 in godliness, brotherly kindness; in brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these things be among you, and are plenteous, they will make you that ye neither shall be idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of the our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind and gropeth for the way with his hand, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence for to make your calling and election sure. For if ye do such things, ye shall never err. 11 Yea, and by this means an entering-in shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of such things, though that ye know them yourselves and be also established in the present truth. 13 Notwithstanding, I think it mete, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 forasmuch as I am sure how that the time is at hand that I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me. 15 I will enforce, therefore, that on every side ye might have wherewith to stir up the remembrance of these things after my departing.
16 For we followed not deceitful fables when we opened unto you the power, and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but with our eyes we saw his majesty: 17 Even then, verily, when he received of God the father honour and glory, and when there came such a voice to him from that excellent glory. "This is my dear beloved son, in whom I have delight" -
18 This voice we heard when it came from heaven, being with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a right sure word of prophecy, whereunto if ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, ye do well; until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts. 20 So that ye first know this: That no prophecy in the scripture hath any private interpretation. 21 For the scripture came never by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the holy ghost.