1Simon Peter, servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith as precious as ourown, given through the saving justice of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of our Lord.
3By his divine power, he has lavished on us all the things we need for life and for true devotion, throughthe knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness.
4Through these, the greatest and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them youshould share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world through disordered passion.
5With this in view, do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding,
6understanding with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion,
7devotion with kindness to the brothers, and kindness to the brothers with love.
8The possession and growth of these qualities wil prevent your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ frombeing ineffectual or unproductive.
9But without them, a person is blind or short-sighted, forgetting how the sins of the past were washedaway.
10Instead of this, brothers, never allow your choice or cal ing to waver; then there wil be no danger ofyour stumbling,
11for in this way you wil be given the generous gift of entry to the eternal kingdom of our Lord andSaviour Jesus Christ.
12That is why I wil always go on recal ing the same truths to you, even though you already know themand are firmly fixed in these truths.
13I am sure it is my duty, as long as I am in this tent, to keep stirring you up with reminders,
14since I know the time for me to lay aside this tent is coming soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clearto me.
15And I shal take great care that after my own departure you will stil have a means to recal thesethings to mind.
16When we told you about the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not slavishlyrepeating cleverly invented myths; no, we had seen his majesty with our own eyes.
17He was honoured and glorified by God the Father, when a voice came to him from the transcendentGlory, This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour.
18We ourselves heard this voice from heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain.
19So we have confirmation of the words of the prophets; and you wil be right to pay attention to it as to a lamp for lighting a way through the dark, until the dawn comes and the morning star rises in your minds.
20At the same time, we must recognise that the interpretation of scriptural prophecy is never a matter forthe individual.
21For no prophecy ever came from human initiative. When people spoke for God it was the Holy Spiritthat moved them.
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