King James Version

2 Peter 3:1-18

1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

彼得後書 3:1-18

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, 2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。

3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: 4「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。」 5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; 6後來,那個世界被水淹沒而毀滅了。 7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。

8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。 9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!