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2 Peter 1

Growth in Christian Virtue

1[a]Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ,

To those who have [b]received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the [c]same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through [d]true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, [e]develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is blind—shortsighted [closing his spiritual eyes to the truth], having become oblivious to the fact that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by [f]doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin]; 11 for in this way entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly provided to you.

12 Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them and are established in the truth which is [g]held firmly in your grasp. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this earthly tent, to inspire you by reminding you, 14 knowing that the laying aside of this earthly tent of mine is imminent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 Moreover, I will diligently endeavor [to see to it] that even after my departure you will be able, at all times, to call these things to mind.

Eyewitnesses

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories or myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were [h]eyewitnesses of His majesty [His grandeur, His authority, His sovereignty]. 17 For when He was invested with honor and [the radiance of the [i]Shekinah] glory from God the Father, such a voice as this came to Him from the [splendid] Majestic Glory [in the bright cloud that overshadowed Him, saying], [j]“This is My Son, My Beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased and delighted”— 18 and we [actually] heard this voice made from heaven when we were together with Him on the holy mountain.

19 So we have the prophetic word made more certain. You do well to pay [close] attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and light breaks through the gloom and the [k]morning star arises in your hearts. 20 [l]But understand this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of or comes from one’s own [personal or special] interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Peter 1:1 Two early manuscripts read Simeon, the direct transliteration of the Hebrew. The only other place this spelling appears in the NT is in Acts 15:14.
  2. 2 Peter 1:1 From a Greek word meaning to obtain by lot, emphasizing the fact that salvation is not something gained because of personal effort, but is received as an undeserved gift because of God’s grace.
  3. 2 Peter 1:1 I.e. equal in rank, honor and privilege.
  4. 2 Peter 1:3 There is no “secret knowledge” or “better way” or alternative belief system which God has revealed to some unique group or teacher. The truth is available to everyone.
  5. 2 Peter 1:5 Lit supply.
  6. 2 Peter 1:10 I.e. developing the moral virtues outlined in vv 5-7.
  7. 2 Peter 1:12 Lit present with you.
  8. 2 Peter 1:16 A reference to the transfiguration (Matt 17:1ff).
  9. 2 Peter 1:17 The word “Shekinah” does not appear in Scripture, but has been used by both Christians and Jews to describe the visible divine Presence of God (the brilliant light of the divine), in such things as the burning bush, the cloud and the pillar of fire that led the Hebrews in the wilderness, and the Presence of God that rested between the cherubim over the mercy seat of the ark.
  10. 2 Peter 1:17 With these words God affirms the deity of Jesus and His divine essence.
  11. 2 Peter 1:19 Lit light-bringer.
  12. 2 Peter 1:20 Or For you know.

Japanese Living Bible

ペテロの手紙Ⅱ 1

1イエス・キリストのしもべであり、使徒であるシモン・ペテロから、神であり救い主であるイエス・キリストから与えられた、同じ信仰を持つ皆さんへ。

もっと深くキリストを知る

あなたがたは、神の恵みと平安をもっと多くいただきたいと願っているでしょう。それなら、イエス・キリストについてもっと深く学んでください。 キリストを知れば知るほど、その偉大な力を通して、私たちが神に従う正しい生活を送るために必要なすべてのものをいただくことができるのです。そればかりかキリストは、ご自分の栄光と共に敬虔や品性をも、私たちに与えてくださるのです。 さらに神は、それによって、すばらしい約束を与えてくださいます。この約束のゆえに、私たちは欲望のもたらす滅びから守られ、キリストのご性質を備えた者となれるのです。

これらの贈り物をいただくために、あなたがたはあらゆる努力をして神を理解し、神が何を望んでおられるかを知らなければなりません。 また、自制心を持ち、忍耐と敬虔を身につけなさい。 さらに、兄弟愛を持って互いに愛し合い、神の愛に生きなさい。

これらが備われば、あなたがたはますます強められ、主イエス・キリストのために多くの有益な働きができるのです。 しかし、これらのものを追い求めない人は、実を結ばない人です。そういう人は、神が正しい生活を送るようにと、過去の罪から救ってくださったことをすっかり忘れているのでしょうか。 10 ですから、愛する皆さん。ますます熱心に、自分がほんとうに神に招かれ、選ばれた者であることを確かなものとしてください。そうすれば、決してつまずくことなどありません。 11 そして神はあなたがたを、主であり救い主であるイエス・キリストの永遠の国に迎え入れるために、門を広く開けてくださいます。

12 もちろん、こんなことは、すでによくわかっていることでしょうが、それでもなお、私はあなたがたに、いつもこれらのことを思い起こしてもらいたいのです。 13-14 私の生涯も残り少なくなったことを、主イエス・キリストから示されています。それで、この世にいる間に、これらの注意書きを送ろうと決心したのです。 15 私が死んだあとにも、これらのことを忘れないように、あなたがたの心にはっきりと刻んでおきたいのです。

16 主イエス・キリストの力と再臨(キリストが再び地上に来られること)について話してきましたが、それは、私たちがうまく考え出した作り話ではありません。私はこの目で、キリストの輝きと栄光をはっきり見たのです。 17-18 キリストが聖なる山の上で、父なる神から誉れと栄光とを受けて輝かれた時、私はその場に居合わせました。その時、「これこそわたしの愛する子、わたしの大いなる喜び」と、栄光にあふれる厳かな声が天から響くのを、私ははっきり聞いたのです。

19 こうして私は、預言のことばが現実となるのを目のあたりにしました。そのことばは、暗い部屋をすみずみまで照らし出す明かりのようで、難解なまま、暗闇の中に置かれている多くのことがらに光をあて、理解させてくれるものです。そして、あなたがたのたましいに夜明けの光が差し込み、明けの明星であるキリストが心を照らしてくださるのです。 20-21 なぜなら、聖書にある預言のことばは、預言者がかってに考え出したものではないからです。それは、これら神を敬う人の心に住まれる聖霊がお授けになった、混じりけのない神からのことばなのです。