Modern Literal Version
2 Peter 1]

     1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who were allotted an equally precious faith with us, in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 1:2 may grace and peace be multiplied to you* in the full knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

     1:3 As his divine* power has been bestowed to us as a gift, (all things pertaining to life and devoutness), through the full knowledge of the one who called us through glory and virtue; 1:4 through which it has been bestowed to us as a gift, the precious and greatest promises; in order that you* might become partners of the divine* nature through these things, having fled away from the corruption in the world among its lust.

     1:5 Now also for this same thing, besides having brought in all diligence, supply* in your* faith, virtue, and in your* virtue, knowledge 1:6 and in your* knowledge, self-control, and in your* self-control, endurance, and in your* endurance, devoutness; 1:7 and in your* devoutness, brotherly-love, and in your* brotherly-love, love*. 1:8 For* if these things are existing and increasing in you*, none will designate you* idle nor unfruitful toward the full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:9 For* the one is blind in whom these things are not present*, being short-sighted, having taken on himself the forgetfulness of {i.e. deliberately forgot} the cleansing from his old sins.

     1:10 Hence brethren, be* more diligent to make* your* calling and choice steadfast; for*, you* should never trip someday while practicing these things; 1:11 for* so the entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you*.

     1:12 Hence, I will habitually not be neglecting to remind you* concerning these things, although knowing them and having been established in the present* truth. 1:13 But I am deeming it righteous, inasmuch as I am in this tabernacle, to awaken you* with a reminder; 1:14 knowing that the removal of my tabernacle is coming quickly, just-as our Lord Jesus Christ indicated to me. 1:15 But I will also be diligent, each-time, to have you* in remembrance of these things, to practice them after my exodus. 1:16 For* we did not follow wisely devised fables, when we made known to you* the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but in that, we became eyewitnesses of that majesty. 1:17 For* having received honor and glory from God the Father, when such a voice was carried to him by the Majestic Glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am delighted. 1:18 And we heard this voice, having been carried from heaven, being together with him in the holy mountain. 1:19 And we have the steadfast prophetic word, (as to a lamp appearing in a dreary place, until the day should dawn and the {F} morning-star might rise), to which you* are doing* well, and taking-heed in your* hearts. 1:20 Knowing this first, that every prophecy of Scripture does not come* from one's own interpretation. 1:21 For* no prophecy was ever brought about by the will of man, but the holy men of God spoke the word being carried by the Holy Spirit.

     {Footnotes: 2Pe 1:19, or: Venus; literally: 'light-bearer'; metaphorically Jesus.}

[2 Peter 2]

     2:1 But false prophets happened to be also among the people, as false teachers will also be among you*, who will be smuggling in sects of destruction, denying even the Master who bought them, bringing* quick destruction upon themselves. 2:2 And many will be following their unbridled-lusts, because of whom the way of the truth will be blasphemed. 2:3 And they will be merchants of you* in their greed with fabricated words; to whom the condemnation from long-ago is not idle, and their destruction will not be slumbering.

     2:4 For* if God did not spare messengers who sinned, but threw them into Tartarus {i.e. hell} and gave them to restraints of blackness, being kept *for judgment; 2:5 and he did not spare the ancient world, but guarded Noah, the eighth person spared, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought* a flood upon the world of ungodly people; {Gen 7:23, 8:1-22} 2:6 and he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, with a catastrophe, having incinerated them, having placed them as an example for those who are about to be ungodly; {Gen 19:1-38} 2:7 and he rescued righteous Lot, who was being subjugated by the conduct of the immoral in their unbridled-lust 2:8 (for* that righteous man, who was dwelling among them, was tormenting his righteous soul by seeing and in hearing their lawless works day from {i.e. by} day).

      2:9 The Lord knows how to rescue the devout out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous to a day of judgment to be punished; 2:10 and especially those who are conducting-themselves after the flesh in the lust of defilement and while despising lordship. Self-willed daring ones who are not trembling when blaspheming heavenly glories; 2:11 where messengers, (though being greater in strength and power), do not bring a blasphemous judgment against them beside the Lord. 2:12 But these unrighteous men are like natural unreasoning creatures, having been born *for apprehension and corruption, blaspheming in what they are ignorant of, and they will be utterly corrupted in their corruption. 2:13 They will be getting the wages of unrighteousness; those who are deeming the carousing in the day to be a sensual-delight. They are stains and blemishes, carousing in their own various deceptions, while feasting sumptuously alongside you*, 2:14 having eyes full of an adulteress and an unceasing sin; enticing unstable souls; having a heart which has been exercised from greed; children of the curse; 2:15 having left the straight way. They were misled, having followed in the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved* the wages of unrighteousness; {Num 22:5} 2:16 but he had his reproof from his own violation of the law: a voiceless donkey, having spoken in a human voice, forbade the insanity of the prophet.

     2:17 These people are waterless springs and clouds driven by a gale of wind to whom the blackness of darkness has been kept forever. 2:18 For* while speaking flattering-words of futility, they entice (with* the lusts of the flesh to unbridled-lusts) those who really had fled away from those who conduct themselves in error. 2:19 While promising them freedom, they themselves are* bondservants of corruption. For* in what anyone has been succumbed, in this, he has also been enslaved. 2:20 For* if, having fled away from the defilements of the world in the full knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and having been again entangled, they are succumbed in these things, the last state has become worse to them than the first. 2:21 For* it was better for them to have not fully known the way of righteousness, than to turn away from the holy commandment which was given to them after having fully known it. 2:22 But it has befallen to them as the way of the true proverb, 'The dog returned to its own vomit,' and the sow that had fully-washed to a wallowing in the mud. {Prov. 26:11}

[2 Peter 3]

     3:1 Beloved, this is already the second letter that I am writing among you*, and I am awakening your* sincere mind in both of them in a reminder; 3:2 to be reminded of the declarations which have been spoken before by the holy prophets, and of commandment from your* apostles of the Lord and Savior.

     3:3 Knowing this first, that mockers will be coming in the last of the days, conducting-themselves according to their own lusts, 3:4 and saying, Where is the promise of his presence? For* from which time the fathers fell-asleep, thus all things remain as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For* this is eluding them, (willing it to be so): that there were heavens from long-ago, and an earth established {Or: standing together} out of water and through water by the word of God; 3:6 through which water, the world that was then was destroyed, having been flooded in water. {Gen 7:21} 3:7 But the current heavens and the current earth are being stored up for fire by the same word, being kept to the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

     3:8 But beloved, let this one thing not elude you*, that one day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some deem slowness, but has patience toward us, not planning for any to perish, but for all to make room in your* hearts *for repentance.

     3:10 But the day of the Lord will be coming like a thief in the night; in which the heavens will be passing away with a crashing-sound, and the elements will be dissolved, being burnt with heat, and the earth and the works which are in it will be burned up. 3:11 Therefore, with all these things being dissolved, see what sort of things it is essential for you* to possess in all holy conducts and pieties, 3:12 expecting, and diligently wanting the presence of the day of God, through which, the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements are melted, being burnt with heat. 3:13 But according to his promise, we are expecting new heavens and a new earth, in which dwells righteousness.

     3:14 Hence, beloved, while expecting these things, be* diligent to be found in peace, unstained and unblemished in his sight. 3:15 And deem* the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just-as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you* according to the wisdom which was given to him; 3:16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them concerning these things; in which some things are hard to perceive, which the unlearned and unstable ones are twisting, as they also twist the rest of the Scriptures to their own destruction. 3:17 Therefore beloved, knowing beforehand these things, guard* yourselves, in order that you* might not fall from your* own firmness, having been led away together in the error of the immoral. 3:18 But grow* in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory is to him, both now and toward the final day of this world. Amen.

     {NOTES: You should read the 'Definitions' Section and other non-bible sections.}

{{ Introduction to 1 John 67-70 AD

    The writer does not name himself but speaks as an eyewitness and as if his information was first-hand. See 'Introduction to John' for more information.

    1-3 John should be taken as a whole, so you understand all three and were probably written very close together.

    He writes in categorical, almost dogmatic, terms. There is no disputing the truth of what he says. He condemns error in no uncertain terms! With the rising interest in a merging of Christianity with the higher forms of paganism, there was a pressing need for the presentation of adequate Christian knowledge to combat the danger. Nowhere else in the New Testament is the combination of faith, love, and obedience so clearly brought out. The letter was written to a group of people, with whom the author was personally acquainted and who were threatened with the same infiltration of false teachings. The writing is from Ephesus. Major themes in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John are the assurance of salvation. One of John's main purposes in 1 John is to give believers assurance (1 John 5:13), and the need for assurance is needed by all Christians, especially true for new converts. The Bible rejects the false teaching of ' once saved always saved,' but it does not reject the biblical doctrine of assurance.}}

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