Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith
with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
 Grace and peace be multiplied
unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
 According as his divine power hath
given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called
us to glory and virtue:
 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through
 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
 And to
knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
 And to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you
that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 But he that
lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his
 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if
ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
 Wherefore I will not be negligent
to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the
 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you
 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus
Christ hath shewed me.
 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have
these things always in remembrance.
 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we
made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his
 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to
him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
 And this voice
which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
 We have also a more
sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark
place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
 Knowing this first, that no prophecy
of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among
you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring
upon themselves swift destruction.
 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth
 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into
chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the
eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them
an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy
conversation of the wicked:
 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing,
vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
 The Lord knoweth how to deliver
the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous
are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
 Whereas angels, which are greater
in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
 But these, as natural
brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and
shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they
that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with
their own deceivings while they feast with you;
 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease
from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor,