1. 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: 2. Grace and peace
be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our
Lord, 3. 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: 4. 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 lust.
5. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge; 6. And to knowledge temperance; and to
temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7. And to godliness
brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8. 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
9. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar
off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never
fall: 11. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in
remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established
in the present truth.
13. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir
you up by putting you in remembrance; 14. Knowing that shortly I must
put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed
15. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to
have these things always in remembrance.
16. 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 majesty.
17. 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.
18. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with
him in the holy mount.
19. 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: 20. Knowing this
first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private
21. 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.