1 Simeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a faith equal in value to ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. 2May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3because his divine power has bestowed on us all things that are necessary for life and godliness, through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence of character, 4through which things he has bestowed on us his precious and very great promises, so that through these you may become sharers of the divine nature after#*Here “after” is supplied as a component of the participle (“escaping from”) which is understood as temporal escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire, 5and for this same reason, and by#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“applying”) which is understood as means applying all diligence, supply with your faith excellence of character, and with excellence of character, knowledge, 6and with knowledge, self-control, and with self-control, patient endurance, and with patient endurance, godliness, 7and with godliness, brotherly love, and with brotherly love, love.
Make Your Calling and Election Secure
8For if#*Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“are”) which is understood as conditional these things are yours and are increasing, this does not make you useless or unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For the one for whom these things are not present is blind, being nearsighted, having forgotten the cleansing#Literally “receiving forgetfulness of the cleansing” of his former sins. 10Therefore, brothers, be zealous even more to make your calling and election secure, because if you#*Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“do”) which is understood as conditional do these things, you will never ever stumble. 11For in this way entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied for you.
12Therefore I intend to remind you continually concerning these things, although you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13But I consider it right, for as long as I am in this habitation, to stir you up by a reminder, 14because I#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“know”) which is understood as causal know that the removal of my habitation is imminent, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15And I will also make every effort that you are able at any time, after my departure, to recall these things to mind#Literally “to make recollection of these”.
The Reliable Prophetic Word of Testimony
16For we did not make known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ by#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“following”) which is understood as means following ingeniously concocted myths, but by#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“being”) which is understood as means being eyewitnesses of that one’s majesty. 17For he received honor and glory from God the Father when#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“was brought”) a voice such as this was brought to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18And we ourselves heard this voice brought from heaven when we#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“were”) which is understood as temporal were with him on the holy mountain, 19and we possess as more reliable the prophetic word, to which you do well if you#*Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“pay attention to”) which is understood as conditional pay attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20recognizing this above all, that every prophecy of scripture does not come about from one’s own interpretation, 21for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.