1 I indeed, beloved, write unto you this second epistle; in which I stir up your pure mind by remembrance: 2 to remember the words which have been spoken hitherto by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour by your apostles: 3 knowing this first, that at the last days mockers will come forth in scoffing, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for from the day when the fathers fell asleep, all things remain as from the beginning of creation. 5 For they willingly forget this, that the heavens were in the olden time, and the earth standing out of the water and through the water, by the word of God; 6 by which the world at that time, being flooded with water, perished: 7 but now the heavens and the earth have been kept according to the same word, being reserved for fire in the day of judgment and the destruction of the ungodly people.
8 But let not this one thing be forgotten, beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some people count slackness; but is long-suffering for your sakes, not wishing that any should perish, but all come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements being scorched up will be dissolved, and the earth and the works in it will be burnt up. 11 Then all these things being dissolved, what kind of people does it behoove you to be in holy deportment and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, in which the heavens being on fire will be dissolved, and the elements being scorched up are melted? 13 But, according to his promises, we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, wherein righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, looking for these things, be diligent to be found spotless and blameless unto him in peace: 15 and consider the longsuffering of the Lord's salvation; as our beloved brother Paul according to the wisdom which was given unto him has written unto you; 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in the same concerning these things; in which there are some things hard to understand, which the unlearned and unestablished wrest, as they also do the other scriptures, to their own destruction.