1 SIMEON Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you by a knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 As his divine power has given us all things which pertain to life and piety, through the knowledge of him that has called us to his own glory and virtue, 4 through which have been given us very great and precious promises, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption which is in the world by inordinate desire, 5 and for the same purpose also, giving all diligence add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, 6 and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience piety, 7 and to piety brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these are in you and abound, they will make you not inactive nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; 9 for a man that is without these is blind, not seeing to a distance, and has forgotten the purification from his former errors. 10 Wherefore, brothers, use the greater diligence to make your calling and election sure; for doing these things you shall never fall. 11 For thus shall you have an abundant entrance given you into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not neglect always to remind you of these things, although you have known them, and have been established in the present truth. 13 I think it right as long as I am in this tabernacle, to excite you by remembrance, 14 knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle is at hand, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 But I will also be diligent and especially that you may be able to make mention of these things after my departure.
16 For we did not follow skilfully constructed myths in making known to you the power and appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye witnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when this voice was brought to him from the magnificent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice we heard brought from heaven when we were with him on the holy mount. 19 And we have the more sure prophetic word, to which you will do well to attend, as to a light shining in a dark place, till the day dawns and the day-star arises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of its own solution. 21 For prophecy was never brought by the will of man, but moved by the Holy Spirit men spoke from God,