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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on 2 Peter, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 2 Peter, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In 2 Peter, Peter calls for faithfulness and confronts corrupt teachers who distorted the message about Jesus and lead others astray.

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The Second Epistle of


FIRST Peter deals with problems from the outside; Second Peter deals with
problems from the inside. Peter writes to warn the believers about the false
teachers who are peddling damaging doctrine. He begins by urging them to keep
close watch on their personal lives. The Christian life demands diligence in pursuing
moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness , brotherly
kindness, and selfless love. By contrast, the false teachers are sensual, arrogant,
greedy, and covetous. They scoff at the thought of future judgment and live their
lives as if the present would be the pattern for the future. Peter reminds them that
although God may be longsuffering in sending judgment, ultimately it will come.
In view of that fact, believers should live lives of godliness , blamelessness, and
The statement of authorship in 1:1 is very clear: “Simon Peter, a bondservant
and apostle of Jesus Christ.” To distinguish this epistle from the first by Peter it
was given the Greek title Petrou B, the “Second of Peter.”

Greeting the Faithful


1 SIMON Peter, a bondservant and aapostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have 1obtained blike2 precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

2 aGrace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
3 as His adivine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him bwho called us by glory and virtue,
4 aby which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be bpartakers of the divine nature, having escaped the 1corruption that is in the world through lust.

Fruitful Growth in the Faith

5 But also for this very reason, agiving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue bknowledge,
6 to knowledge self-control, to

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aGal. 2:8
bEph. 4:5
2faith of the
same value
2 aDan. 4:1
3 a1 Pet. 1:5
b1 Thess. 2:12
4 a2 Cor. 1:20;
7:1 b[2 Cor.
3:18] 1depravity
5 a2 Pet. 3:18
b2 Pet. 1:2
6 1patience
7 aGal. 6:10
8 a[John 15:2] 1useless
9 a1 John
10 a1 John
12 aPhil. 3:1
b1 Pet. 5:12
13 a[2 Cor. 5:1,
4] b2 Pet. 3:1
14 a[2 Tim. 4:6] 1Die and
leave this

self-control 1perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and ato brotherly kindness love.
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither 1barren anor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these things is ashortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent ato make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Peter’s Approaching Death

12 For this reason aI will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, bthough you know and are established in the present truth.
13 Yes, I think it is right, aas long as I am in this 1tent, bto stir you up by reminding you,
14 aknowing that shortly I must 1put

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off my tent, just as bour Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my 1decease.

The Trustworthy Prophetic Word

16 For we did not follow acunningly devised fables when we made known to you the bpower and ccoming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were deyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: a“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on athe holy mountain.
19 1And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a alight that shines in a dark place, buntil cthe day dawns and the morning star rises in your dhearts;
20 knowing this first, that ano prophecy of Scripture is of any private 1interpretation,
21 for aprophecy never came by the will of man, bbut 1holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Destructive Doctrines


1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be afalse teachers among you,who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction 1does not slumber.

Doom of False Teachers

4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to 1hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
6 and turning the cities of aSodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;
7 and adelivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked

14 bJohn
13:36; 21:18,
15 1Lit. exodus,
16 a1 Cor. 1:17
1:19–22] c[1 Pet. 5:4] dMatt. 17:1–5
17 aMatt. 17:5
18 aMatt. 17:1
19 a[John 1:4,
5, 9] bProv.
4:18 cRev.
2:28; 22:16
d[2 Cor. 4:5–7] 1Or We also
have the
more sure
20 a[Rom.
12:6] 1Or origin
21 a[2 Tim.
3:16] b2 Sam.
23:2 1NU men
spoke from

CHAPTER 2 References

1 a1 Tim. 4:1, 2
3 1M will not
4 1Lit. Tartarus
6 aGen.
7 aGen. 19:16,
8 aPs. 119:139
9 aPs.
10 aJude 4, 7, 8
bJude 8 1glorious
ones, lit.
11 aJude 9
12 aJude 10
13 aPhil. 3:19
bRom. 13:13
cJude 12
d1 Cor. 11:20,
21 1revel 2reveling
14 aJude 11
1Lit. an adulteress
15 aNum.
22:5, 7
17 aJude 12, 13
1NU and
mists 2NU
omits forever
18 1NU are
barely escaping
19 aJohn 8:34
20 aMatt. 12:45
b[Heb. 6:4–6] 21 aLuke 12:47

2 PETER 2:21

8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, atormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—
9 then athe Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
10 and especially athose who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. bThey are presumptuous, selfwilled. They are not afraid to speak evil of 1dignitaries,
11 whereas aangels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

Depravity of False Teachers

12 But these, alike natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption,
13 aand will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure bto 1carouse in the daytime. cThey are spots and blemishes, 2carousing in their own deceptions while dthey feast with you,
14 having eyes full of 1adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. aThey have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.
15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of aBalaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 aThese are wells without water, 1clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness 2forever.

Deceptions of False Teachers

18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who 1have actually escaped from those who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of 1corruption; afor by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into 2bondage.
20 For if, after they ahave escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are bagain entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
21 For ait would have been better for them not to have known the way

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2 PETER 2:22

of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: a“A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

God’s Promise Is Not Slack


1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which aI stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
2 that you may be mindful of the words awhich were spoken before by the holy prophets, band of the commandment of 1us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, awalking according to their own lusts,
4 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 acreation.”
5 For this they willfully forget: that aby the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth bstanding out of water and in the water,
6 aby which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
7 But athe heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for bfire until the day of judgment and 1perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and aa thousand years as one day.
9 aThe Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but bis longsuffering toward 1us, cnot willing that any should perish but dthat all should come to repentance.

22 aProv. 26:11

CHAPTER 3 References

1 a2 Pet. 1:13
2 a2 Pet. 1:21
bJude 17 1NU,
M the apostles
of your
Lord and Savior
or your
apostles of
the Lord and
3 a2 Pet. 2:10
4 aGen. 6:1–7
5 aGen. 1:6, 9
bPs. 24:2;
6 aGen. 7:11,
12, 21–23
7 a2 Pet. 3:10,
12 b[2 Thess.
1:8] 1destruction
8 aPs. 90:4
9 aHab. 2:3
bIs. 30:18
cEzek. 33:11
d[Rom. 2:4] 1NU you
10 aMatt.
24:42, 43; Luke
12:39; 1 Thess.
5:2; Rev. 3:3;
16:15 bPs.
102:25, 26
1NU laid bare,
lit. found
11 a1 Pet. 1:15
12 a1 Cor. 1:7,
8 bPs. 50:3
cMic. 1:4
13 aIs. 65:17;
66:22 bRev.
14 a1 Cor. 1:8;
15 aRom. 2:4
16 a1 Cor.
15:24 b2 Tim.
17 aMark
13:23 bEph.
18 aEph. 4:15
b2 Tim. 4:18

The Day of the Lord

10 But athe day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which bthe heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be 1burned up.
11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be ain holy conduct and godliness,
12 alooking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will bbe dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will cmelt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for anew heavens and a bnew earth in which righteousness dwells.

Be Steadfast

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent ato be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
15 and consider that athe longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
16 as also in all his aepistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the brest of the Scriptures.
17 You therefore, beloved, asince you know this beforehand, bbeware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
18 abut grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. bTo Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

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The LORD the Avenger of His People

A Psalm of David.

1 PLEAD1 my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and 1buckler, And stand up for my help.
3 Also draw out the spear, And stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

4 aLet those be put to shame and brought to dishonor Who seek after my life; Let those be bturned back and brought to confusion Who plot my hurt.
5 aLet them be like chaff before the wind, And let the 1angel of the LORD chase them.
6 Let their way be adark and slippery, And let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
7 For without cause they have ahidden their net for me in a pit, Which they have dug without cause for my life.
8 1Let adestruction come upon him unexpectedly, And let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; It shall rejoice in His salvation.
10 aAll my bones shall say, “LORD, bwho is like You, Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”

11 Fiercea witnesses rise up; They ask me things that I do not know.
12 aThey reward me evil for good, To the sorrow of my soul.
13 But as for me, awhen they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own 1heart.
14 I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down 1heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.

PSALM 35 References

1 1Contend for
2 1A small
4 aPs. 40:14,
15; 70:2, 3 bPs.
5 aJob 21:18;
Ps. 83:13; Is.
29:5 1Or Angel
6 aPs. 73:18;
Jer. 23:12
7 aPs. 9:15
8 a[Ps. 55:23];
Is. 47:11;
[1 Thess. 5:3] 1Lit. Let destruction
does not
know come
upon him,
10 aPs. 51:8
b[Ex. 15:11];
Ps. 71:19;
86:8; [Mic.
7:18] 12 aPs. 38:20;
109:5; Jer.
18:20; John
13 aJob 30:25
1Lit. bosom
14 1in mourning
15 1limping,
17 aPs. 13:1;
[Hab. 1:13] 18 1a mighty
19 aPs. 69:4;
109:3; Lam.
3:52; [John
15:25] 26 aPs. 109:29
27 aRom. 12:15

15 But in my 1adversity they rejoiced And gathered together; Attackers gathered against me, And I did not know it; They tore at me and did not cease;
16 With ungodly mockers at feasts They gnashed at me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long will You alook on? Rescue me from their destructions, My precious life from the lions.
18 I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among 1many people.

19 aLet them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
20 For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful matters Against the quiet ones in the land.
21 They also opened their mouth wide against me, And said, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it.”

22 This You have seen, O LORD; Do not keep silence. O Lord, do not be far from me.
23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, To my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness; And let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who rejoice at my hurt; Let them be aclothed with shame and dishonor Who exalt themselves against me.

27 aLet them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
28 And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.




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