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The Second General Epistle of Peter  

2 Peter Chapter 1  

1Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God, and our Savior Jesus Christ, have received a Faith that is of equal privilege with ours. 2Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue, 4through which he has given to us his precious and exceedingly great promises, so that by them you become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in that world because of lust. 5Now for this very reason, making every effort, you must supplement your trust with virtue; and with virtue, knowledge; 6and with knowledge, self-control; and with self-control, endurance; and with endurance, godliness; 7and with godliness, brotherly affection; and with brotherly affection, love. 8For if these things are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For the one who lacks these things is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to be sure of your calling and choice, for if you do these things, you will absolutely not stumble, 11for in this way the entrance into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided to you in the Age to come. 12Therefore, I intend to always remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the truth that you have. 13And I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by way of a reminder, 14knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort so that after my departure you will be able at any time to recall these things. 16For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received from God the Father honor and glory when a voice conveyed to him from the Majestic Glory proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” 18and this voice we ourselves heard borne out of heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain. 19And we have the word of prophecy made more sure, to which you do well that you pay attention (as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise) in your hearts. 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. 21For no prophecy ever came by human will, but people spoke from God, being moved by holy spirit.