New American Standard Bible

2 Peter 3

Purpose of This Letter

1This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.

The Coming Day of the Lord

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For [a]when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

But 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 like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is 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, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and [b]its works will be [c]burned up.

11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Peter 3:5 Or they are willfully ignorant of this fact, that
  2. 2 Peter 3:10 Lit the works in it
  3. 2 Peter 3:10 Two early mss read discovered

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

彼得後書 3

主再來的應許

1親愛的弟兄姊妹,我現在寫給你們的是第二封信。這兩封信都是為了提醒你們,激勵你們保持真誠的心, 叫你們記得從前聖先知們說的預言,以及我們的主和救主藉著派到你們那裡的使徒所傳給你們的誡命。

最重要的是,你們要知道在末世的時候必出現喜歡冷嘲熱諷、為所欲為的人。他們說: 「主要降臨的應許在哪裡?從我們的祖先長眠地下直到現在,萬物依舊與創世之初一樣。」 他們故意忽略:太初,上帝憑口中的話語創造了諸天,並藉著水從水中造出了地; 後來,那個世界被水淹沒而毀滅了。 同樣,現在的天地要憑上帝的話語存留到不敬虔的人被審判和毀滅的日子,那時天地要被火焚燒。

親愛的弟兄姊妹,有一件事你們不可忽略,就是主看一日如千年,千年如一日。 主的應許還未實現,有人以為祂拖延,其實祂不是拖延,而是在寬容你們。祂不願任何人滅亡,願意人人悔改。 10 不過,主再來的日子要像賊一樣突然臨到。那日,諸天必在一聲巨響中消失,有形有質的都要被烈火焚毀,大地和其中的一切將不復存在。

11-12 一切都要這樣被焚毀,你們在熱切等候上帝來臨的日子期間,該怎樣過聖潔、敬虔的生活啊!因為到那日,天要被火焚毀,有形有質的都要被烈火熔化燒盡。 13 但我們等候的是上帝應許的新天新地,有公義住在其中。

14 所以,親愛的弟兄姊妹,你們既然盼望這些事,就當努力使自己在主面前毫無瑕疵,無可指責,安然無懼。 15 你們要把耶穌的寬容看作是讓眾人得救的機會,正如我們親愛的弟兄保羅按著上帝賜給他的智慧寫信告訴你們的。 16 他所有的書信都談到這些事。一些不學無術、反覆無常的人曲解了信中一些難懂的地方,就像曲解其他經文一樣,他們是自取滅亡。

17 因此,親愛的弟兄姊妹,你們既然預先知道了這些事,就應該提防,不要讓那些不法之徒用錯謬的理論引誘你們,使你們失去原本堅固的立場。 18 相反,你們要在我們的主和救主耶穌基督的恩典中不斷長進,越來越認識祂。

願榮耀歸給祂,從現在直到永遠。阿們!