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2 Peter 3

Purpose of This Letter

1Beloved, I am now writing you this second letter. In this [as in the first one], I am stirring up your untainted mind to remind you, that you should remember the words spoken in the past [about the future] by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior given by your apostles [His personally chosen representatives].

The Coming Day of the Lord

First of all, know [without any doubt] that mockers will come in the last days with their mocking, following after their own human desires and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming [what has become of it]? For ever since the fathers fell asleep [in death], all things have continued [exactly] as they did from the beginning of creation.” For they willingly forget [the fact] that the heavens existed long ago by the word of God, and the earth was formed [a]out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed by being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly people.

Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day. The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

A New Heaven and Earth

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish with a [mighty and thunderous] roar, and the [material] elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are on it will be [b]burned up.

11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be [in the meantime] in holy behavior [that is, in a pattern of daily life that sets you apart as a believer] and in godliness [displaying profound reverence toward our awesome God], 12 [while you earnestly] look for and await the coming of the day of God. For on this day the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the [material] elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But in accordance with His promise we expectantly await new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

14 So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things, be diligent and make every effort to be found by Him [at His return] spotless and blameless, in peace [that is, inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual well-being and confidence, having lived a life of obedience to Him]. 15 And consider the patience of our Lord [His delay in judging and avenging wrongs] as salvation [that is, allowing time for more to be saved]; just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him [by God], 16 speaking about these things as he does in all of his letters. In which there are some things that are difficult to understand, which the untaught and unstable [who have fallen into error] twist and misinterpret, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, [let me warn you] beloved, knowing these things beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of [c]unprincipled men [who distort doctrine] and fall from your own steadfastness [of mind, knowledge, truth, and faith], 18 but grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

  1. 2 Peter 3:5 Peter is not referring to the creation of earth from water, but to the appearance of land masses from the water that had covered the earth in the early stages of creation. His point is that the mockers who will claim that things continue to be just as they always have been will be overlooking the fact that the status quo, as they see it, took an act of God to create in the first place, and God has already intervened in the history of the world once to wipe out mankind by a cataclysmic flood (v 6; cf Gen 6; 7).
  2. 2 Peter 3:10 Two early mss have “discovered” instead of “burned up.” It is possible that Peter means something like “discovered for what they really are—temporary creations.”
  3. 2 Peter 3:17 I.e. the people who teach a distorted doctrine.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

彼得后书 3

主再来的应许

1亲爱的弟兄姊妹,我现在写给你们的是第二封信。这两封信都是为了提醒你们,激励你们保持真诚的心, 叫你们记得从前圣先知们说的预言,以及我们的主和救主借着派到你们那里的使徒所传给你们的诫命。

最重要的是,你们要知道在末世的时候必出现喜欢冷嘲热讽、为所欲为的人。他们说: “主要降临的应许在哪里?从我们的祖先长眠地下直到现在,万物依旧与创世之初一样。” 他们故意忽略:太初,上帝凭口中的话语创造了诸天,并借着水从水中造出了地; 后来,那个世界被水淹没而毁灭了。 同样,现在的天地要凭上帝的话语存留到不敬虔的人被审判和毁灭的日子,那时天地要被火焚烧。

亲爱的弟兄姊妹,有一件事你们不可忽略,就是主看一日如千年,千年如一日。 主的应许还未实现,有人以为祂拖延,其实祂不是拖延,而是在宽容你们。祂不愿任何人灭亡,愿意人人悔改。 10 不过,主再来的日子要像贼一样突然临到。那日,诸天必在一声巨响中消失,有形有质的都要被烈火焚毁,大地和其中的一切将不复存在。

11-12 一切都要这样被焚毁,你们在热切等候上帝来临的日子期间,该怎样过圣洁、敬虔的生活啊!因为到那日,天要被火焚毁,有形有质的都要被烈火熔化烧尽。 13 但我们等候的是上帝应许的新天新地,有公义住在其中。

14 所以,亲爱的弟兄姊妹,你们既然盼望这些事,就当努力使自己在主面前毫无瑕疵,无可指责,安然无惧。 15 你们要把耶稣的宽容看作是让众人得救的机会,正如我们亲爱的弟兄保罗按着上帝赐给他的智慧写信告诉你们的。 16 他所有的书信都谈到这些事。一些不学无术、反复无常的人曲解了信中一些难懂的地方,就像曲解其他经文一样,他们是自取灭亡。

17 因此,亲爱的弟兄姊妹,你们既然预先知道了这些事,就应该提防,不要让那些不法之徒用错谬的理论引诱你们,使你们失去原本坚固的立场。 18 相反,你们要在我们的主和救主耶稣基督的恩典中不断长进,越来越认识祂。

愿荣耀归给祂,从现在直到永远。阿们!