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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.

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主はまた来られる

11-2 愛する皆さん。これは二通目の手紙です。私はこの二通の手紙で、あなたがたがすでに知っている事柄を、もう一度思い起こしてもらおうとしているのです。それは、昔の聖なる預言者たちが語ったことば、また使徒たちが伝えた、主であり救い主である方のことばです。

まず第一に思い出してほしいことは、終末の時代には、あざける者どもが現れ、真理をあざ笑い、思いつくかぎりの悪を行うということです。 彼らはこんなことを言う議論のベテランです。「キリストがまた帰って来るという約束はどうなったのか。この世界は造られた最初の日から何も変わらないではないか。イエスが帰って来るなどということはありえない。」 5-6 そう言いはる彼らは、神がかつて、この世界を大洪水によって滅ぼされたという事実を見落としています。天は昔のままですが、神が最初に造られた地は、洪水によって滅びました。 しかし神は、今の天と地を、不敬虔な者たちのさばきの日に火で焼き滅ぼすため、そのまま残しておくようにされたのです。

愛する皆さん。主にとって一日は千年のようであり、千年は一日のようです。 再び主がおいでになるという約束がなかなか実現しないので、いったいどうなっているのかと思うかもしれません。しかし主は、いたずらに日を延ばしておられるのではありません。一人でも滅びないように、すべての人が悔い改めるために必要な時間を与えようと、忍耐して待っておられるのです。 10 しかし主の日は、盗人のように、思いがけない時にやって来ます。その時、天は恐ろしいとどろきと共に消えうせ、天体は焼けて崩れ落ち、地と地上のすべてのものは跡形もなく焼き滅ぼされてしまいます。 11 このように、これらのものがみな滅び去るのですから、私たちはどれほどきよく、敬虔な生活を送らなければならないことでしょう。 12 その日が来るのをただ待ち望むだけでなく、早めるようにしなければなりません。その日、神は天に火を放たれ、天体は燃えて溶け去ります。 13 しかし私たちは、そのあとに、神の目にかなう人々だけが住む、新しい天と地が用意されるという約束をいただいています。

14 愛する皆さん。このようなことを待ち望んでいるあなたがたですから、罪を避けて生きることに精一杯励みなさい。また、すべての人と平和に過ごしなさい。 15-16 なぜ主が、こんなにも長く待っておられるのか考えてみなさい。主は、私たちが救いを伝える時間を与えておられるのです。学識の深い、愛する兄弟パウロも、多くの手紙の中で同じことを書いています。しかし彼の手紙はむずかしいところがあるので、中には的はずれの解釈をする者がいます。彼らは、聖書のほかの箇所もそうですが、パウロが言おうとしていることとは全く別の意味を引き出し、自分で滅びを招いているのです。

17 愛する皆さん。あなたがたは、このことを前もって知っているのですから、偽教師たちの誤った考えに惑わされて、確固としたものを失わないようによく注意しなさい。 18 そして、主であり救い主であるイエス・キリストをさらに深く知って、主の恵みと知識において成長しなさい。このキリストに、すべての栄光が、今も後も、永遠にいつまでもありますように。アーメン。

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