Dear friends, this [is] already the second letter I am writing to you, in [both of] which I am attempting to stir up your sincere mind by a reminder,
He who is innocent of hands and pure of heart, who does not lift up his soul to falseness, and does not swear deceitfully.
I have already said when was present the second time, and [although I] am absent now also say in advance to those who sinned previously and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare [anyone],
Lay hands on no one hastily, and do not participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
for which reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen who are residing temporarily in the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love, love one another fervently from the heart,
Therefore I intend to remind you continually concerning these [things], although [you] know [them] and are established in the truth that you have.