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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.

Nkwa Asem

Petro II 3

Awurade ba a ɔbɛba bio

1Adɔfonom, eyi ne krataa a ɛtɔ so abien a makyerɛw abrɛ mo. Mekyerɛwee sɛ mede rebɛkae mo, de akanyan mo adwene. Mepɛ sɛ mokae nsɛm a adiyifo kronkron no kae mmere bi a atwam no ne mmara a efi Awurade ne Agyenkwa a wɔde faa mo asomafo so maa mo no.

Nea edi kan no, sɛ mote ase sɛ, nna a edi akyiri no mu no, nnipa bi bɛba a wɔn ara wɔn honam akɔnnɔ na ebedi wɔn so. Wobedi mo ho fɛw aka se, “Ɔhyɛɛ mo bɔ sɛ ɔbɛba. Wanka? Na ɔwɔ he? Yɛn agyanom awuwu dedaw nanso biribiara te sɛ nea ɛte fi adebɔ mfiase!”

Wɔhyɛ da ma wɔn werɛ fi nokware no sɛ efi tete na Onyankopɔn kasae na wɔbɔɔ ɔsoro ne asase. Wɔbɔɔ asase fi nsu mu na wɔde nsu na ɛyɛe na wɔde nsu nso, Nsuyiri nsu na ɛsɛee wiase dedaw no. Na ɔsoro ne asase a ɛwɔ hɔ mprempren yi de, wɔnam Onyankopɔn asɛm no ara so rekora ama ogya asɛe no. Wɔrekora ama ɛda a wobebu nnebɔneyɛfo atɛn na wɔasɛe wɔn no.

Nanso, anuanom, mommma mo werɛ mmfi ade baako sɛ Awurade ani so de, nsonoe nni da koro ne mfe apem ntam. Ne fam de, n’abien nyinaa yɛ pɛ. Awurade ntwentwɛn ne nan ase wɔ ne bɔ a wahyɛ ho sɛnea ebinom dwen no. Mmom, ɔwɔ mo ho boasetɔ efisɛ, ɔmpɛ sɛ wɔbɛsɛe obiara na mmom ɔpɛ sɛ obiara sesa fi ne bɔne ho. 10 Na Awurade da no bɛba sɛ owifo. Ɛda no, ɔsoro bɛbobom na ayera na wim nneɛma bɛhyew na asɛe na asase ne so nneɛma nyinaa nso ayera.

11 Sɛ saa kwan yi so na wɔbɛfa asɛe ade nyinaa a, na dɛn bra na ɛsɛ sɛ mobɔ? Ɛsɛ sɛ mo bra yɛ kronn na mode mo ho ma Onyankopɔn. 12 Monhwɛ saa da no kwan na monyɛ mo nneɛma pɛpɛɛpɛ; saa da a Onyankopɔn bɛto ɔsoro mu gya na wim nneɛma anan na ayera wɔ ogyaframa mu no. 13 Nanso yɛtwɛn nea Onyankopɔn ahyɛ yɛn ho bɔ no, ɔsoro foforo ne asase foforo a ɛhɔ na atreneefo bɛtena.

14 Enti, anuanom, mugu so retwɛn da no yi, mommɔ mmɔden sɛ mobɛyɛ kronn a mfomso biara nni mo ho wɔ Onyankopɔn anim na mo ne no atena wɔ asomdwoe mu.

15 Monkae sɛ Awurade boasetɔ no kyerɛ nkwagye te sɛ nea yɛn nua Paulo nam nyansa a Onyankopɔn de maa no no so kyerɛw mo no. 16 Saa kwan koro no ara so na ɔfa kyerɛw ne nkrataa no na saa nsɛm yi ara so nso na ogyina kyerɛwee. Nsɛm bi a ɛyɛ den wɔ ne nkrataa no mu a wɔn a wonnim na wɔnyɛ den no nkyerɛ ase yiye te sɛ nea wɔkyerɛ Kyerɛwsɛm a aka no ase no a ɛde ɔsɛe brɛ wɔn no.

17 Nanso, anuanom, mo de munim eyi dedaw. Monwɛn na wɔn a wonni mmara so annaadaa mo amfi beae pa. 18 Munyin wɔ yɛn Awurade ne Agyenkwa Yesu Kristo adom ne nimdeɛ mu. Ɔno na anuonyam nka no mprempren ne daa. Amen.