The Day of the Lord
1Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.3:10 Some manuscripts be burned up
11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.3:12 Or as you wait eagerly for the day of God to come That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Awurade Mmaeɛ A Ɔbɛba Bio
1Adɔfonom, yei ne krataa a ɛtɔ so mmienu a matwerɛ abrɛ mo. Metwerɛɛ sɛ mede rebɛkae mo, de akanyane mo adwene. 2Mepɛ sɛ mokae nsɛm a adiyifoɔ kronkron no kaa mmerɛ bi a atwam no ne mmara a ɛfiri Awurade ne Agyenkwa a wɔde faa mo asomafoɔ so maa mo no.
3Deɛ ɛdi ɛkan no, ɛsɛ sɛ mote aseɛ sɛ nna a ɛdi akyire no mu no, nnipa bi bɛba a wɔn ara wɔn honam akɔnnɔ na ɛbɛdi wɔn so. Wɔbɛdi mo ho fɛ 4aka sɛ, “Ɔhyɛɛ mo bɔ sɛ ɔbɛba. Wanka? Na ɔwɔ he? Yɛn agyanom awuwu dada, nanso biribiara te sɛ deɛ ɛte firi adebɔ mfitiaseɛ!” 5Wɔhyɛ da ma wɔn werɛ firi nokorɛ no sɛ, ɛfiri tete no, Onyankopɔn kasaeɛ na wɔbɔɔ ɔsoro ne asase. Wɔbɔɔ asase firi nsuo mu na wɔde nsuo na ɛyɛeɛ. 6Akyire no wɔde nsuyire bɛsɛee no. 7Nanso, Onyankopɔn ahyɛ sɛ ɔsoro ne asase ntena hɔ nkɔsi Atemmuo da. Afei wɔbɛsɔ emu ogya na wɔbɛsɛe nnebɔneyɛfoɔ.
8Nanso, anuanom, mommma mo werɛ mfiri adeɛ baako sɛ Awurade ani so deɛ, nsonsonoeɛ nni da koro ne mfeɛ apem ntam. Ne fam deɛ, ne mmienu nyinaa yɛ pɛ. 9Awurade ntwentwɛn ne nan ase wɔ ne bɔ a wahyɛ ho sɛdeɛ ebinom dwene no. Mmom, ɔwɔ mo ho boasetɔ ɛfiri sɛ, ɔmpɛ sɛ wɔbɛsɛe obiara, na mmom, ɔpɛ sɛ obiara sakra firi ne bɔne ho.
10Na Awurade da no bɛba sɛ owifoɔ. Ɛda no, ɔsoro bɛbobom na ayera na ewiem nneɛma bɛhye na asɛe na asase ne so nneɛma nyinaa nso bɛda adi.
11Sɛ saa ɛkwan yi so na wɔbɛfa asɛe adeɛ nyinaa a, na ɛdeɛn bra na ɛsɛ sɛ wobɔ? Ɛsɛ sɛ mo bra yɛ kronkron na mode mo ho ma Onyankopɔn. 12Monhwɛ saa da no kwan na monyɛ mo nneɛma pɛpɛɛpɛ; saa da a Onyankopɔn bɛto ɔsoro mu ogya na ewiem nneɛma anane na ayera wɔ ogyaframa mu no. 13Nanso, yɛtwɛn deɛ Onyankopɔn ahyɛ yɛn ho bɔ no, ɔsoro foforɔ ne asase foforɔ a ɛhɔ na tenenee bɛtena.
14Enti, anuanom, mogu so retwɛn da no yi, mommɔ mmɔden sɛ mobɛyɛ kronn a mfomsoɔ biara nni mo ho wɔ Onyankopɔn anim na mo ne no atena wɔ asomdwoeɛ mu. 15Monkae nhunu sɛ Awurade wɔ boasetɔ ɛfiri sɛ ɔpɛ sɛ obiara nya nkwagyeɛ. Ɛno na yɛn nua Paulo nam nyansa a Onyankopɔn de maa no no so twerɛɛ mo no. 16Saa ɛkwan korɔ no ara so na ɔfa twerɛɛ ne nkrataa no na saa nsɛm yi ara so nso na ɔgyina twerɛeɛ. Nsɛm bi a ɛyɛ den wɔ ne nkrataa no mu no, wɔn a wɔnnim na wɔnnyɛ den no ntumi nkyerɛ aseɛ yie. Saa ara na wɔyɛ Atwerɛsɛm a aka no de ɔsɛeɛ ba wɔn so.
17Nanso anuanom, mo deɛ monim yei dada. Monwɛn na wɔn a wɔnni mmara so annaadaa mo amfiri beaeɛ pa. 18Monyini wɔ yɛn Awurade ne Agyenkwa Yesu Kristo adom ne nimdeɛ mu.
Ɔno na animuonyam nka no seesei ne daa. Amen.