New Amharic Standard Version

2 ጴጥሮስ 3:1-18

የጌታ ቀን

1ወዳጆች ሆይ፤ ይህ አሁን የምጽፍላችሁ ሁለተኛው መልእክት ነው። ሁለቱንም መልእክቶች የጻፍሁላችሁ ቅን ልቦናችሁን እንድታነቃቁ ለማሳሰብ ነው፤ 2ደግሞም ቀድሞ በቅዱሳን ነቢያት የተነገረውን ቃል እንዲሁም በሐዋርያት አማካይነት በጌታችንና በአዳኛችን የተሰጠውን ትእዛዝ እንድታስቡ ነው።

3ከሁሉ አስቀድሞ ይህን ዕወቁ፤ በመጨረሻው ዘመን የራሳቸውን ክፉ ምኞት የሚከተሉ ዘባቾች እየዘበቱ ይመጣሉ። 4እነርሱም፣ “ ‘እመጣለሁ’ ያለው ታዲያ የት አለ? አባቶች ከሞቱበት ከፍጥረት መጀመሪያ አንሥቶ እስካሁን ድረስ ሁሉም ነገር እንዳለ ይኖራል” ይላሉ። 5ነገር ግን እነዚህ ሰዎች ሰማያት ከጥንት ጀምሮ በእግዚአብሔር ቃል ተፈጥረው እንደሚኖሩ፣ መሬትም በውሃ መካከልና በውሃም እንደ ተሠራች ሆን ብለው ይክዳሉ፤ 6በዚያን ጊዜ የነበረው ዓለም በውሃ ተጥለቅልቆ ጠፋ። 7በዚያው ቃል ደግሞ አሁን ያሉት ሰማያትና ምድር፣ ኀጢአተኞች እስከሚጠፉበት እስከ ፍርድ ቀን ድረስ ለእሳት ተጠብቀዋል።

8ወዳጆች ሆይ፤ በጌታ ዘንድ አንድ ቀን እንደ ሺህ ዓመት፣ ሺህ ዓመትም እንደ አንድ ቀን መሆኑን ይህን አንድ ነገር አትርሱ። 9አንዳንድ ሰዎች የዘገየ እንደሚመስላቸው ጌታ የተስፋ ቃሉን ለመፈጸም አይዘገይም፤ ነገር ግን ማንም እንዳይጠፋ ፈልጎ፣ ሁሉ ለንስሓ እንዲበቃ ስለ እናንተ ይታገሣል።

10የጌታ ቀን ግን እንደ ሌባ ይመጣል፤ በዚያች ቀን ሰማያት በታላቅ ድምፅ ያልፋሉ፤ የሰማይም ፍጥረት በእሳት ይጠፋል፤ ምድርና በእርሷም ላይ ያለ ነገር ሁሉ ይቃጠላል።3፥10 በአንዳንድ ቅጅዎች ምድር ወና ትሆናለች ይላል

11እንግዲህ ሁሉም ነገር በዚህ ሁኔታ የሚጠፋ ከሆነ፣ እናንተ እንዴት ዐይነት ሰዎች ልትሆኑ ይገባችኋል? አዎን፣ በቅድስናና በእውነተኛ መንፈሳዊነት ልትኖሩ ይገባችኋል፤ 12ደግሞም የእግዚአብሔርን ቀን እየተጠባበቃችሁ መምጫውን ልታፋጥኑ3፥12 ወይም የእግዚአብሔርን ቀን መምጣት በናፍቆት ስትጠብቁ ይገባል። በዚያን ቀን ሰማያት በእሳት ተቃጥለው ይጠፋሉ፤ የሰማይም ፍጥረት በታላቅ ትኵሳት ይቀልጣል። 13እኛ ግን ጽድቅ የሚኖርበትን አዲስ ሰማይና አዲስ ምድር በተስፋ ቃሉ መሠረት እንጠባበቃለን።

14ስለዚህ ወዳጆች ሆይ፤ እነዚህን ሁሉ ነገሮች የምትጠባበቁ ስለ ሆናችሁ፣ ያለ ነውርና ያለ ነቀፋ ከእርሱ ጋር በሰላም እንድትገኙ ትጉ። 15የጌታችን ትዕግሥት እናንተ እንድትድኑ እንደሆነ አስቡ፤ እንዲሁም ወንድማችን ጳውሎስ እንደ ተሰጠው ጥበብ መጠን ጻፈላችሁ፤ 16እርሱ ስለ እነዚህ ነገሮች በመልእክቶቹ ሁሉ ጽፎአል፤ በመልእክቶቹም ውስጥ በቀላሉ ለመረዳት የሚያዳግቱ ነገሮች አሉ። ዕውቀት የጐደላቸውና ጽናት የሌላቸው ሰዎች ሌሎችን ቅዱሳት መጻሕፍት እንደሚያጣምሙ፣ እነዚህንም ደግሞ ለገዛ ጥፋታቸው ያጣምማሉ።

17እንግዲህ ወዳጆች ሆይ፤ ይህን አስቀድማችሁ ስላወቃችሁ፣ ጸንታችሁ ከቆማችሁበት መሠረት በዐመፀኞች ስሕተት ተስባችሁ እንዳትወድቁ ተጠንቀቁ። 18ነገር ግን በጌታችንና በአዳኛችን በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ጸጋና ዕውቀት እደጉ፤ ለእርሱ አሁንም፣ ለዘላለምም ክብር ይሁን፤ አሜን።

New International Reader’s Version

2 Peter 3:1-18

The Day of the Lord

1Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders. I want to encourage you to think in a way that is pure. 2I want you to remember the words the holy prophets spoke in the past. Remember the command our Lord and Savior gave through your apostles.

3Most of all, here is what you must understand. In the last days people will make fun of the truth. They will laugh at it. They will follow their own evil desires. 4They will say, “Where is this ‘return’ he promised? Everything goes on in the same way it has since our people of long ago died. In fact, it has continued this way since God first created everything.” 5Long ago, God’s word brought the heavens into being. His word separated the earth from the waters. And the waters surrounded it. But these people forget things like that on purpose. 6The waters also flooded the world of that time. And so they destroyed the world. 7By God’s word the heavens and earth of today are being reserved for fire. They are being kept for the day when God will judge. Then ungodly people will be destroyed.

8Dear friends, here is one thing you must not forget. With the Lord a day is like a thousand years. And a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow to keep his promise. He is not slow in the way some people understand it. Instead, he is patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed. Instead, he wants all people to turn away from their sins.

10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar. Fire will destroy everything in them. God will judge the earth and everything done in it.

11So everything will be destroyed in this way. And what kind of people should you be? You should lead holy and godly lives. 12Live like this as you look forward to the day of God. Living like this will make the day come more quickly. On that day fire will destroy the heavens. Its heat will melt everything in them. 13But we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Godliness will live there. All this is in keeping with God’s promise.

14Dear friends, I know you are looking forward to this. So try your best to be found pure and without blame. Be at peace with God. 15Remember that while our Lord is waiting patiently to return, people are being saved. Our dear brother Paul also wrote to you about this. God made him wise to write as he did. 16Paul writes the same way in all his letters. He speaks about what I have just told you. His letters include some things that are hard to understand. People who don’t know better and aren’t firm in the faith twist what he says. They twist the other Scriptures too. So they will be destroyed.

17Dear friends, you have already been warned about this. So be on your guard. Then you won’t be led astray by people who don’t obey the law. Instead, you will remain safe. 18Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Glory belongs to him both now and forever. Amen.