Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)

The Second Epistle of Saint Peter the Apostle

These two Epistles he writeth to confirme them in the Apostles doctrine, and warneth them of scorners that shal come, and denie Domes-day. 5. Whose vaine argument he answereth, and giueth the reason of God's so long patience, 10. exhorting to al holines of life in respect of that terrible day: 16. Finally giuing warning of such as misinterpret S. Paules Epistles & the other Scriptures, and that we must not for any thing fal from the true faith.
1. THIS loe the second epistle I write to you, my Dearest, in which I stirre vp by admonition your sincere mind:
2. that you may be mindful of those words which I told you before from the holy Prophets, and of your Apostles, of the precepts of our Lord and Sauiour.
3. Knowing this first, that in the last daies shal come mockers in deceit, walking according to their owne concupiscences,
4. saying, Where is his promise or his comming? For since the time that the Fathers slept, al things doe so perseuere from the beginning of creature.
5. For they are wilfully ignorant of this, that the Heauens were before, and the earth, out of water, and through water, consisting by the word of God:
6. by the which, that world then, being ouerflowed with water perished.
7. But the Heauens which now are, and the earth, are by the same word kept in store, reserued to fire vnto the day of iudgement and of the perdition of the impious men.
8. But this one thing be not ignorant of, my Dearest, that one day with our Lord is as a thousand yeares, & a thousand yeares as one day.
9. Our Lord slacketh not his promise, as some doe esteeme it: but he doth patiently for you, not willing that any perish, but that al returne to penance.
10. And the day of our Lord shal come as a theefe, in the which the Heauens shal passe with great violence, but the elements shal be resolued with heat, and the earth and the workes which are in it, shal be burnt.
11. Therfore whereas al these things are to be dissolued, what manner of men ought you to be in holy conuersations and godlinesses,
12. expecting and hasting vnto the comming of the day of our Lord, by which the Heauens burning shal be resolued, and the elements shal melt with the heat of fire?
13. But we expect new Heauens and a new earth according to his promises, in which iustice inhabiteth.
14. For the which cause, my Dearest, expecting these things, labour earnestly to be found immaculate and vnspotted to him in peace:
15. and the longanimitie of our Lord, doe ye account saluation, as also our most deare Brother Paul according to the wisdom giuen him hath written to you:
16. as also in al epistles speaking in them of these things; in the which are certaine things hard to be vnderstood, which the vnlearned and vnstable depraue, as also the rest of the Scriptures, to their owne perdition.
17. You therfore, Brethren, fore-knowing, take heed lest led aside by the errour of the vnwise you fal away from your owne stedfastnes.
18. But grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Sauiour Iesvs Christ. To him be glorie both now and vnto the day of eternitie. Amen.