1So Aℵ 1739 1852 1881* 2344 322 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm. p72Bψ 1241 1243 copsa,bo read Simon1:2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
3Gk. an equally precious
4Or, our God and Saviour Compare vs. 11; ch. 2:20; 3:18; Titus 2:13.
1:3 seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us 5by his own glory and virtue;
5So AℵCψ 1739 1852 1881 1241 1243 2344 33 copsa,bo vg arm. p72B 322 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read through glory and virtue;1:4 whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye might become partakers of a divine nature, having escaped 6from the corruption that is in the world by lust.
6So BA (2344 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. ...in the world...) vg. Cψ 1739 1881 1241 1243 322 arm read from that which is in the world by lust and corruption. (p72)ℵ copsa,bo read from the lust of corruption that is in the world.1:5 Yes, 7and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge;
7So p72BC* (ℵψ 1739  1881 1241 2344 33 322). A vg read ye also adding on your part1:6 and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control 8patience; and in your patience godliness;
8Or, stedfastness (both times)1:7 and in your godliness 9brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love.
9Gk. love of the brethren (both times)1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:9 For he in whom these things are not present is blind, 10seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.
10Or, closing his eyes,1:10 Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence11 to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stumble:
11So p72BC 1739 1881 1241 2344 322 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. But (A)ℵψ 1852 copsa,bo vg arm add by your good works in order1:11 for thus shall be richly supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
1:12 12Wherefore I shall be ready always to put you in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and are established in 13the present truth.
12So BAℵC 1739 1241 1243 2344 322 copbo. 1852 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa read Wherefore I shall not be negligent to p72ψ almost alone read Therefore I shall always be ready to1:13 And I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
13Or possibly, the truth which is present with you.
1:14 knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle cometh swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear unto me.
1:15 Yes, I will give diligence that at every time ye may be able after my 14exodus to call these things to remembrance.
14Or, decease or, departure (Gk. exodus)1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised 15fables, when we made known unto you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we became eye-witnesses of his majesty.
15Gk. myths,1:17 For he 16received from God the Father honor and glory, when there was borne such a voice to him by the Majestic Glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I was well pleased:
16Gk. having received1:18 and this voice we ourselves heard borne out of heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount.
1:19 And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a 17dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts:
17Gk. squalid1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of 18private interpretation.
18Or, special1:21 For no such prophecy ever 19came by the will of man: but 20men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.
19Gk. was brought[2Pet 2]
20So p72B 1739 1852 1881 1241 1243 322 (copbo) arm. (A)ℵψ 2344 33 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., (copsa) vg read holy men of God spake, C (81) almost alone read holy men spake from God,
2:1 But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall 21secretly bring in 22destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
21Lit. bring in under false pretenses2:2 And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of.
22Or, sects of perdition, or, destructive opinions,
2:3 And in covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose condemnation now from of old lingereth not, and their destruction slumbereth not.
2:4 For if God spared not angels when they sinned, but 23cast them down to 24Tartarus, and committed them to 25chains of dark gloom, to be reserved unto judgment;
23Or, cast them into dungeons,2:5 and spared not the ancient world, but preserved Noah 26with seven others, a 27preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
24Tartarus: a dark abyss, ... the prison of the Titans. So Liddell & Scott, Abridged edition; Oxford, 1871. See Ge 6:2-3, from which the Gk. mythical account may derive, and Jude 6.
25So p72ψ 1739 1852 1881 1241 1243 2344 33 322 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., copbo vg arm. But BAℵC almost alone, copsa read pits of dark gloom,
26Gk. the eighth person,2:6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes 28condemned them with 29an overthrow, having made them an example 30unto those about to be ungodly;
27Or, herald of righteousness,
28So Aℵψ 2344 33 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa vg arm. But p72txtBC* 1739 1881 1241 1243 322 copbo omit with an overthrow 1852 reads overthrew them,2:7 and delivered righteous Lot, sore distressed by the lascivious life of the wicked
29Gk. a catastrophe,
30So p72B 1852 1243 (copsa,bo) arm. AℵCψ 1739 1881 1241 2344 33 322 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., vg read unto ungodly men;
2:8 (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, 31put to the test his righteous soul from day to day with their lawless deeds):
31Gk. rubbed on a touchstone See Rv 20:10 footnote.2:9 the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment unto the day of judgment;
2:10 but chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement, and despise dominion. Daring, self-willed, they tremble not to rail at 32dignities:
32Gk. glories:2:11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, bring not a railing judgment against them 33before the Lord.
33So BℵC 1739 1852 1243 322 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. p72 1241 read from the Lord. Aψ 1881 2344 33 copsa,bo vg omit before the Lord.2:12 But these as creatures without reason, born 34mere animals 35to be taken and destroyed, railing in matters whereof they are ignorant, shall in their 36destroying surely be destroyed,
34Gk. (φυσικος, physikos) natural2:13 37suffering wrong as the hire of wrong-doing; men that count it pleasure to revel in the daytime, spots and blemishes, revelling in their 38deceivings while they feast with you;
35Or, to take and to destroy,
36Or, corruption (Similarly three words later.) Compare 1Tm 6:9.
37So p72Bℵ*ψ 1852 1243 (arm). AC 1739 1881 1241 2344 322 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa,bo vg read receiving to themselves the hire2:14 having eyes full of 39adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; enticing unstedfast souls; having a heart exercised in covetousness; children of cursing;
38Bψ 1243 vg read love-feasts 1739 1881 (1241) 322 read ignorances
39Gk. an adulteress,2:15 forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of 40Bosor, who loved the hire of wrong-doing;
40B arm almost alone read Beor (See Nu 22:5.)2:16 but he was rebuked for his own transgression: a dumb ass spake with man’s voice and stayed the madness of the prophet.
2:17 These are springs without water, and 41mists driven by a storm; for whom the gloom of darkness hath been reserved.
41So (p72)Bℵψ 1243 ((AC 1739 1852 1881 1241 2344 33 322 add forever)). 048 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read clouds driven by a storm ... hath been reserved forever.2:18 For, uttering great swelling words of vanity, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by lasciviousness, those who are 42almost escaping from them that live in error;
42So p72BAψ (2344) 33 copsa,bo vg. But ℵ*C 1739 1852 1243 322 048vid and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm read indeed escaping from them2:19 promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for of 43whom a man is overcome, of the same is he also brought into bondage.
43Or, what2:20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of 44our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first.
44So p72AℵCψ 1739 1852 1243 2344 33 322 048vid vg arm. B and 373 lesser Gk. mss. read the Lord and etc. 1881 copbo read our Lord Jesus Christ, copsa reads our Lord Jesus Christ and our Saviour,2:21 For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2:22 It has happened unto them according to the true proverb, 45The dog turning to his own vomit again, and the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire.
45Pr 26:11.[2Pet 3]
3:1 This is now, beloved, the second epistle that I write unto you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by putting you in remembrance;
3:2 that ye should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour through your apostles:
3:3 knowing this first, that 46on the last of the days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts,
46Or, in the last days3:4 and saying, Where is the promise of his presence? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
3:5 For this 47they wilfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and 48an earth held together out of water and 49amidst water vapors, by the word of God;
47Or, is concealed from them, And in vs. 8 Let not this be concealed from you,3:6 by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
48Or possibly, earth having been formed by the word of God up above the water and under cover of mist; Compare Ge 1:6-7; 2:5-6.
3:7 but the 50heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been 51stored up for fire, being reserved against a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
50Or, heavenly bodies And so in vs. 12.3:8 But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
51Or, stored with fire,
3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering 52toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
52So p72BC 1739 1881 1241 1243 2344 322 048vid 0156 copbo arm. Aℵψ 1852 33 copsa vg read for your sake, A majority of lesser Gk. mss. read toward us,3:10 But the day of the Lord will have come 53as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be 54exposed.
53So p72BAℵψ 1739 1852 1881 1241 1243 2344 33 322 048vid 0156 and 45 lesser Gk. mss., cop vg. C and 441 lesser Gk. mss. read as a thief in the night,3:11 55Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons 56ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,
54Or, discovered. So Bℵ 1739txt 1852 1881 1241 322 0156vid and 8 lesser Gk. mss., arm. A (1243) 2344 33 048 and 470 lesser Gk. mss., copbo read burned up. C reads shall disappear. [ψ vg omit this clause.] p72 alone reads the clause the works that are being dissolved therein shall be exposed.
55So p(72),74vidB 1739 1852 1881 1241 1243 322 arm. Aℵψ 2344 33 048 and 431 lesser Gk. mss., copbo vg read Seeing then that these things are all to be dissolved, C reads But seeing that ... are thus etc. 81 copsa read Seeing then that ... are thus etc.3:12 looking for and 57hastening the presence of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
56p72*,74B almost alone read ought people to be
57Or, earnestly desiring the presence3:13 But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for these things, give diligence that ye may be found in peace, without spot and blameless in his sight.
3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote unto you;
3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, beware lest, being carried away with the error of the wicked, ye fall from your own stedfastness.
3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and 58unto the day of eternity. 59Amen.
58Or, forever. (Cf. Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus 18:10.) Lit. unto a day of an age.
59So p72AℵCψ 1852 2344 33 322 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa,bo vg arm. B 1739* 1881 1241 1243 omit Amen.