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2 Peter 1:1-21

1  Symeon Peter, servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those whose lot it has been in the justice of our God and Savior Jesus Christ to have as rich a faith as ours: 2  grace be yours in abundance, and peace, in awareness of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3  as his divine power has bestowed all the conditions for life and piety upon us through awareness of him who called us by his own glory and virtue, 4  through which we have the precious and immense promises bestowed on us, that by these you may become sharers in divine nature, having made your escape from the ruin by desire which is in the world. 5  And on this very account bring all your energies to bear and furnish virtue in your faith, and knowledge in your virtue, 6  and self-restraint in your knowledge, and endurance in your self-restraint, and piety in your endurance, 7  and brotherliness in your piety, and love in your brotherliness; 8  for if you possess these things, and plenty of them, they render you not idle nor unfruitful toward awareness of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9*  For he who does not have these things about him is blindly nearsighted, oblivious of the purgation of his old-time sins. 10  Wherefore take the more pains, brothers, to make your call and election sure; for, doing this, you shall never stumble; 11  for thus shall be richly furnished to you the ingress into the eternal reign of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12*  Wherefore I shall ever be reminding you about these things,—even though you know and are firmly settled in the truth you have with you; 13  but I think it right, so long as I am in this tabernacle, to rouse you with reminders, 14  knowing that the laying off of my tabernacle is speedily due, as our Lord Jesus Christ too declared to me; 15  and I will also do my best that after my departure you may at every time be able to call these things to mind. 16  For we were not echoing trumped-up myths when we made known to you the power and advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, but had been eyewitnesses of his grandeur. 17  For as he received honor and glory from God the Father, when such a voice as this came wafted to him by the sublime glory, “My dear son is this, in whom I take pleasure,”— 18  and this voice we heard come wafted from the skies when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19  And we have a surer thing, the word of prophecy, to which you do well to be attentive, as if to a lamp in a murky place, till day shall flush the sky and the Morning Star shall rise in your hearts— 20*  knowing this in the first place, that any prophecy in a text is not a matter for particular interpretation; 21*  for not by will of man was prophecy ever wafted to us, but, wafted by Holy Spirit, men spoke from God.

Footnotes

1:9 Lit. is a nearsighted blind man
1:12 Conj. shall ever make a point of reminding you
1:20 Or will not be found to be a matter
1:21 Lit. without to us