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The Second Epistle Of St Peter
The 1st Chapter
Simon Peter a servant and an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to them which have obtained like precious faith with us in the righteousness that comes of our God and saviour Jesus Christ.
Grace with you, and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. According as his godly power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us by virtue and glory, by the means whereof, are given unto us excellent and most great promises, that by the help of them you should be partakers of the nature, in that you fly the corruption of worldly lust.
And here unto give all diligence: in your faith minister virtue and in virtue knowledge, and in knowledge temperance, and in temperance patience, in patience godliness, in Godliness brotherly kindness, in brotherly kindness love, For if these things be among you and are plenteous, they will make you that you neither shall be idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of the our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacks these things is blind and gropes for the way with his hand, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Wherefore brethren, give the more diligence for to make your calling and election sure. For if you do such things, you shall never error. Yes and by this means an entering in shall be ministered unto you abundantly in to the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you all ways in remembrance of such things though that you know them your selves and be also stablished in the present truth. Not withstanding I think it mete (worthy) as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance, for as much, as I am sure how that the time is at hand that I must put off my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me. I will enforce therefore, that on every side you might have wherewith to stir up the remembrance of these things after my departing.
For we followed not deceivable fables when we opened unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but with our eyes we saw his majesty: 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. This voice we heard when it came from heaven, being with him in the holy mount.
We have also a right sure word of prophecy whereunto if you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, you do well, until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts. So that you first know this: That, that no prophecy in the scripture has any private interpretation. For the scripture came never by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the holy ghost.
The 2nd Chapter
There were false Prophets among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you: which privily shall bring in damnable sects, even denying the Lord that has bought them, and bring upon themselves swift damnation, and many shall follow their damnable ways, by which the way of truth shall be evil spoken of, and through covetousness shall they with feigned (made up) words make merchandise of you, whose judgment is not far off, and their damnation sleeps not.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down into hell, and delivered them in chains of darkness, to be kept unto judgement: Neither spared the old world, but saved Noah the eight preacher of righteousness, and brought in the flood upon the world of the ungodly, and turned the cities of Zodom and Gomor into ashes: overthrew them, damned them, and made of them an example unto all that after should live ungodly. And just Lot vexed with the uncleanly conversation of the wicked, delivered he. For he being righteous and dwelling among them in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds. The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and how to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment for to be punished: namely them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise the rulers. Presumptuous are they, and stubborn and fear not to speak evil of them that are in authority. When the angels which are greater both in power and might, receive not of the Lord railing judgement against them. But these as brute beasts, naturally made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of that they know not, and shall perish through their own destruction, and receive the reward of unrighteousness.
They count it pleasure to live deliciously for a season. Spots they are and filthiness, living at pleasure, and in deceivable ways, feasting with you: having eyes full of *advoutry and that cannot cease to sin, beguiling unstable souls. Hearts they have exercised with covetousness. They are cursed children, and have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, which loved the reward of unrighteousness: but was rebuked of his iniquity. The tame and dumb beast, speaking with mans voice, forbade the foolishness of the Prophet.*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else. see James 2 for adultery
These are wells without water and clouds carried about of a tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they have spoken the swelling words of vanity, they beguile with wantonness through the lusts of the flesh, them that were clean escaped: but now are wrapped in errors. They promise them liberty, and are themselves the bond servants of corruption. For of whom soever a man is overcome, unto the same is he in bondage. For if they, after they have escaped from the filthiness of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and of the saviour Jesus Christ, they are yet tangled again therein and overcome: then is the latter end worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them, not to have known the way of righteousness than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment given unto them. It is happened unto them according to the true proverb: The dog is turned to his vomit again, and the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.
The 3rd Chapter
This is the second epistle that I now write unto you, beloved, wherewith I stir up, and warn your pure minds, to call to remembrance the words which were told before of the holy Prophets, and also the commandment of us the Apostles of the Lord and saviour.
This first understand that there shall come in the last days mockers, which will walk after their own lusts and say, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers died, all things continue in the same estate wherein they were at the beginning. This they know not (and that willingly) how that the heavens a great while ago were, and the earth that was in the water, appeared up out of the water, by the word of God: by the which things the world that then was, perished, overflowen with the water. But the heavens verily and earth which are now, are kept by the same word in store, and reserved unto fire, against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Dearly beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, how that one day is with the Lord, as a thousand year, and a thousand year as one day. The Lord is not slack to fulfil his promise, as some men count slackness: but is patient to us ward, and would have no man lost, but would receive all men to repentance.
Nevertheless the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which day, the heavens shall perish with terrible noise, and the elements shall melt with heat, and the earth with the works that are therein shall burn.
If all these things shall perish, what manner persons ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness: looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, in which the heavens shall perish with fire, and the elements shall be consumed with heat. Nevertheless we look for a new heaven and a new earth, according to his promise, wherein dwells righteousness.
Wherefore dearly beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot and undefiled. And suppose that the long suffering of the Lord is salvation, even as our dearly beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given unto him, wrote to you, yes, almost in every epistle speaking of such things: among which are many things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable, pervert, as they do other scriptures unto their own destruction. you therefore beloved, seeing you know it beforehand, beware least you be also plucked away with the error of the wicked, and fall from your own steadfastness: but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. To whom be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Here ends the second epistle of saint Peter
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