This seconde Epistle I nowe write vnto you, beloued, wherewith I stirre vp, and warne your pure mindes,
To call to remembrance the wordes, which were tolde before of the holy Prophetes, and also the commaundement of vs the Apostles of the Lord and Sauiour.
This first vnderstande, that there shall come in the last dayes, mockers, which wil walke after their lustes,
And say, Where is the promes of his coming?
For since the fathers died, all things continue alike from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly know not, that the heauens were of olde, and the earth that was of the water and by the water, by the word of God.
Wherefore the worlde that then was, perished, ouerflowed with the water.
But the heauens and earth, which are nowe, are kept by the same word in store, and reserued vnto fire against the day of condemnation, and of the destruction of vngodly men.
Dearely beloued, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lorde, as a thousande yeeres, and a thousande yeeres as one day.
The Lord of that promes is not slacke (as some men count slackenesse) but is pacient toward vs, and would haue no man to perish, but would all men to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thiefe in the night, in the which the heauens shall passe away with a noyse, and the elements shall melt with heate, and the earth with the workes that are therein, shalbe burnt vp.
Seeing therefore that all these thinges must be dissolued, what maner persons ought ye to be in holy conuersation and godlinesse,
Looking for, and hasting vnto the comming of that day of God, by the which the heauens being on fire, shall be dissolued, and the elements shall melt with heate?
But wee looke for newe heauens, and a newe earth, according to his promes, wherein dwelleth righteousnesse.
Wherefore, beloued, seeing that yee looke for such thinges, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blamelesse.
And suppose that the long suffering of our Lord is saluation, euen as our beloued brother Paul according to the wisedome giuen vnto him wrote to you,
As one, that in all his Epistles speaketh of these thinges: among the which some thinges are hard to be vnderstand, which they that are vnlearned and vnstable, wrest, as they do also other Scriptures vnto their owne destruction.
Ye therefore beloued, seeing ye know these thinges before, beware, lest ye be also plucked away with the errour of the wicked, and fall from your owne stedfastnesse.
But growe in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lorde and Sauiour Iesus Christ: to him be glory both now and for euermore.