The Day of the Lord Will Come
1This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them #ch. 1:13I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2#Jude 17 that you should remember the predictions of #Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come #Jude 18 in the last days with scoffing, #ch. 2:10following their own sinful desires. 4#Isa. 5:19; Jer. 17:15; Ezek. 11:3; 12:22, 27; Mal. 2:17 They will say, “Where is the promise of #See 1 Thess. 2:19his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth #Ps. 24:2; 136:6 was formed out of water and through water #Gen. 1:6, 9; Ps. 33:6; [Heb. 11:3]by the word of God, 6and that by means of these the world that then existed #ch. 2:5 was deluged with water and #Gen. 7:11, 21perished. 7But by the same word #ver. 10, 12 the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and #[2 Thess. 1:9]destruction of the ungodly.
8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and #Ps. 90:4a thousand years as one day. 9#Hab. 2:3; Heb. 10:37 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise #[Eccles. 8:11; Rev. 2:21] as some count slowness, but #Isa. 30:18; Luke 18:7 is patient toward you,#3:9 Some manuscripts on your account #Ezek. 18:23, 32; 33:11 not wishing that any should perish, but #1 Tim. 2:4that all should reach repentance. 10But #See Matt. 24:43 the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then #[Rev. 6:14; 20:11; 21:1]; See Matt. 24:35 the heavens will pass away with a roar, and #Isa. 34:4; [Isa. 24:19; Mic. 1:4; Nah. 1:5]the heavenly bodies#3:10 Or elements; also verse 12 will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.#3:10 Greek found; some manuscripts will be burned up
11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, #1 Pet. 1:15what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12#[Luke 12:36; 1 Cor. 1:7; 1 Thess. 1:10; Titus 2:13; Jude 21] waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and #See ver. 10the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for #Isa. 65:17; 66:22; Rev. 21:1 new heavens and a new earth #Isa. 60:21; Rev. 21:27in which righteousness dwells.
1 Cor. 15:58 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him #James 1:27 without spot or #Phil. 2:15; [Phil. 1:10; 1 Thess. 3:13] blemish, and #[1 Thess. 5:23]at peace. 15And count #See ver. 9 the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as #[Acts 15:25] our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you #1 Cor. 3:10according to the wisdom given him, 16as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. #[Heb. 5:11] There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, #[Isa. 28:13]as they do the other Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, #ch. 1:12; [Mark 13:23] knowing this beforehand, #ch. 1:10; 1 Cor. 10:12take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But #ch. 1:5; Eph. 4:15; Col. 1:10; 2:19; 1 Pet. 2:2 grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. #See Rom. 11:36 To him be the glory both now and to the day of #[ver. 8]eternity. Amen.