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2 Peter
Chapter Lookup: 1 2 3

The second Pistel off S. Peter

The first Chapter.

Simon Peter a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them which have obtained like precious faith with us in the righteousness that cometh of our God, and of the saviour Jesus Christ.{of our God and saviour Iesus Christ}
Grace with you, and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.|multiplied with you thorow the knowledge of God and of Iesus Christ our LORDE|
According as his godly power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and to serve God withal,{unto life and godliness} thorow the knowledge of him that hath called us by virtue and glory,|by his own glory and power|
by the means whereof, are given unto us excellent and most great promises, that by the help of them ye|namely, that ye by the same| should be partakers of the godly nature, in that ye fly the corruption of worldly lust.|fly the corruption of the worlde|
And hereunto give all diligence: in your faith minister virtue, and in virtue knowledge,
and in knowledge temperancy, and in temperancy{in knowledge temperance, and in temperance} patience, in patience godliness,
in godliness brotherly kindness,|love| in brotherly kindness love.|in brotherly love, generall love|
For if these things be among you, and are plenteous, they will make you that ye neither shall be idle nor unfruitful unto{in} the knowledge of the our Lord Jesus Christ.
{But} He that lacketh these things is blind and gropeth for the way with his hand, and hath forgotten that he was purged|cleansed| from his old sins.
Wherefore brethren give the more diligence for to make your calling and election sure. (by good works) For if ye do such things, ye shall never err.
Yea and by this means an entering in shall be ministered unto you abundantly|plenteously| into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of such things, though that ye know them yourselves and be also stablished in the present truth.|trueth|
Notwithstanding I think it mete (as long as I am in this tabernacle) to stir|stere| you up by putting you in remembrance,
forasmuch as I am sure how that the time is at hand that I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
I will enforce therefore, that on every side ye might have wherewith to stir up the remembrance of these things after my departing.|Yet will I do my diligence, that allway after my departing ye may have wherewith to keep these things in remembrance|
For we followed not deceivable fables when we opened|declared| unto you the power, and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: but with our eyes we saw his majesty.
Even then verily when he received of God the father honour and glory, and when there came such a voice|praise, by a voice that came unto| to him from that excellent glory. This is my dear beloved son, in whom I have delight,
this voice we heard when it came from heaven, being with him in the holy mount.
We have also a more sure word{a right sure word} of prophecy, whereunto if ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, ye do well, until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts.
So that ye first know this, that no prophecy in the scripture hath|is done of| any private interpretation.
For the scripture|prophecy| came never by the will of man: but wholy men of God spake as they were moved by the wholy ghost.

The .ij. Chapter.

There were false prophets among the people even as there shall be false teachers among you: which privily shall bring in damnable sects, even denying the Lord that hath bought them, and bring on their own heads{upon themselves} swift damnation,
and many shall follow their damnable(lascivious, or pernicious) ways, by which the way of truth|trueth| shall be evil spoken of,
and thorow covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you, whose|upon whom the| judgment is not far off,|is not negligent in tarying of old| and their damnation sleepeth not.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned but cast them down into hell, and put{delivered} them in chains of darkness (to be punished) there to be kept unto judgement:|and delivered them over to be kept unto judgment|
neither spared the old world: but saved Noah the eighth preacher of righteousness, and brought in the flood into{upon} the world of the ungodly,
and turned the cities of Zodom and Gomor into ashes: overthrew them, damned them, and made of them an ensample unto all|those| that after should live ungodly.
And just Lot vexed with the uncleanly|ungodly| conversation of the wicked, delivered he.
For he being righteous and dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed|grieved| his righteous soul from day to day with their unrighteous{unlawful} deeds.
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and how to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment for to be punished:
namely|but specially| them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise the rulers. Presumptuous are they, and stubborn and fear not to speak evil of them that are in authority.|auctorite|
When the angels which are greater both in power and might, receive not of the Lord railing judgement against them.|bear not that blasphemous judgment against them of the LORDE|
But these as brute beasts, naturally made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of that they know not, and shall perish through|in| their own destruction,
and receive the reward of unrighteousness. They count it pleasure to live deliciously for a season. Spots they are and filthiness: and of you they make a mockingstock feasting together in their deceivable ways:{Spots they are and filthiness, living at pleasure, and in deceivable ways, feasting with you:}
having eyes full of advoutry, and that cannot cease to sin, beguiling|entising| unstable souls. Hearts they have exercised with covetousness. They are cursed children,
and have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, which loved the reward of unrighteousness:
but was rebuked of his iniquity. The tame and dumb beast, speaking with man's voice forbade the foolishness of the prophet.
These are wells without water, and clouds carried about of a tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
For when they have spoken the swelling|proud| words of vanity,|vanity, unto the utmost| they beguile|entise| with wantonness thorow the lusts of the flesh them that were clean escaped:(distancing from them that lived in error) but now are wrapped in errors.|walk in error|
They promise them liberty, and are them selves the bondservants of corruption. For of whomsoever a man is overcome, unto the same is he in bondage.
For if they, after they have escaped from the filthiness of the world thorow the knowledge of the Lord, and of the saviour Jesus Christ, they are yet tangled again therein and overcome: then is the latter end worse with them than the beginning.
For it had been better for them, not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment given unto them.
It is happened unto them according to the true proverb: The dog is turned to his vomit again, and the sow after she is{that was} washed, is returned to her wallowing in the mire.

The .iij. Chapter.

This is the second pistel that I now write unto you, my dearly beloved, wherewith I stir|stere| up and warn your pure minds,
to call to remembrance the words which were told before of the holy prophets, and also the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.
This first understand, that there shall come in the last days mockers (in deceitfulness) which will walk after their own lusts
and say: Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers died all things continue in the same estate wherein they were at the beginning.|begginning of the creature|
This they know not (and that willingly)|willfully| how that the heavens a great while ago were, and the earth that was in the water, appeared up out of the water by the word of God:
by the which things the world that then was perished overflowen|that time destroyed by the same| with the flood.{water.}
But the heavens verily and earth which are now, are kept by the same word in store, and reserved unto fire, against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.|damnation of ungodly men|
Dearly beloved be not ignorant of this one thing, how that one day is with the Lord, as a thousand year, and a thousand year as one day.
The Lord is not slack to fulfil his promise as some men count slackness: but is patient to us ward and would have no man lost, but would receive all men to repentance.|and will not that any man should be lost, but that every man should amend himself|
Nevertheless the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which day, the heavens shall perish with terrible|a great| noise, and the elements shall melt with heat, and the earth with the works that are therein shall burn.
If all these things shall perish, what manner persons ought ye to be in holy conversation, and godliness:
looking for, and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,|coming of the LORDE| in which the heavens shall perish with fire, and the elements shall be consumed|elements shall melt| with heat.
Nevertheless we look for a new heaven, and a new earth, according to his promise, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore dearly beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and undefiled:
And suppose that the long suffering of the Lord is health,{salvation} even as our dearly beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given unto him, wrote to you,
yea, almost in every pistel{almost in very pistle} speaking of such things: among which are many things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned, and unstable pervert, as they do other scriptures unto their own destruction.|also, to their own damnation|
Ye therefore beloved seeing ye are warned;{know it beforehand} Beware lest ye be also plucked|plucte| away with the error of the wicked, and {fall from your} own steadfastness:
but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord, and saviour Jesus Christ. To whom be glory both now and for ever, Amen.

Here endeth the second epistle off saint Peter.

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William Tyndale 1526 {1535}