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2 Peter Chapter 3

2 Peter 3:1
3:1 This {1} second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in
    [both] which I stir up your pure minds by way of
    remembrance:

 (1) The remedy against those wicked enemies, both of true
     doctrine and holiness, is to be sought for by the continual
     meditation of the writings of the prophets and apostles.

2 Peter 3:3
3:3 {2} Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last
    days {a} scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

 (2) He vouches the second coming of Christ against the
     Epicureans by name.
    (a) Monstrous men, who will seem wise by their contempt of
        God, and wicked boldness.

2 Peter 3:4
3:4 {3} And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for
    since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they
    were] from the beginning of the creation.

 (3) The reason that these mockers pretend that the course of
     nature is as it was from the beginning, therefore the world
     was from everlasting, and shall be forever.

2 Peter 3:5
3:5 {4} For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the
    word of God the heavens were of old, and the {b} earth
    standing out of the water and in the water:

 (4) He sets against them the creation of heaven and earth by
     the word of God, which these men are willingly ignorant of.
    (b) Which appeared, when the waters were gathered together
        into one place.

2 Peter 3:6
3:6 {5} Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with
    {c} water, perished:

 (5) Secondly he sets against them the universal flood, which
     was the destruction of the whole world.
    (c) For the waters returning into their former place, this
        world, that is to say, this beauty of the earth which we
        see, and all living creatures which live upon the earth,
        perished.

2 Peter 3:7
3:7 {6} But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the
    same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the
    day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

 (6) Thirdly, he pronounces that it will not be harder for God to
     burn heaven and earth with fire, in that day which is
     appointed for the destruction of the wicked (which he will
     also do) than it was for him in times past to create them
     only with his word, and afterward to overwhelm them with
     water.

2 Peter 3:8
3:8 {7} But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that
    one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
    thousand years as one day.

 (7) The taking away of an objection: in that he seems to desire
     this judgment for a long time, in respect of us it is true,
     but not before God, which whom there is no time either long
     or short.

2 Peter 3:9
3:9 {8} The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some
    men count slackness; {9} but is longsuffering to us-ward,
    not willing that any should perish, but that all should come
    to repentance.

 (8) The Lord will surely come, because he has promised: and
     neither sooner nor later than he has promised.
 (9) A reason why the last day does not come too soon, because
     God patiently waits until all the elect are brought to
     repentance, that none of them may perish.

2 Peter 3:10
3:10 {10} But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
     night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a
     great {d} noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent
     heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall
     be burned up.

 (10) A very short description of the last destruction of the
      world, but in such sort as nothing could be spoken more
      gravely.
     (d) With the violence of a storm.

2 Peter 3:11
3:11 {11} [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be
     dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all]
     holy conversation and godliness,

 (11) An exhortation to purity of life, setting before us that
      horrible judgment of God, both to bridle our wantonness,
      and also to comfort us, so that we are found watching and
      ready to meet him at his coming.

2 Peter 3:12
3:12 Looking for and {e} hasting unto the coming of the day of
     God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,
     and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

     (e) He requires patience from us, yet such patience as is
         not slothful.

2 Peter 3:13
3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new
     heavens and a new earth, {f} wherein dwelleth
     righteousness.

     (f) In which heavens.

2 Peter 3:14
3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be
     diligent that ye may be found of him in {g} peace, without
     spot, and blameless.

     (g) that you may try to your benefit, how gently and
         profitable he is.

2 Peter 3:15
3:15 And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is]
     salvation; {12} even as our beloved brother Paul also
     according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto
     you;

 (12) Paul's epistles are allowed by the express testimony of
      Peter.

2 Peter 3:16
3:16 As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these
     things; {13} in which are some things hard to be
     understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable
     wrest, as [they do] also the other scriptures, unto their
     own destruction.

 (13) There are some things that are obscure and dark which the
      ignorant use to overthrow men who are not established,
      wrestling the testimony of the scripture for their own
      destruction.  But this is the remedy against such deceit,
      to labour that we may daily more and more grow up and
      increase in the knowledge of Christ.



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