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2 Peter 3

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Bible part  New Testament
Category  General epistles
Order in the Bible part  22
2 Peter 3
Book  Second Epistle of Peter

2 Peter 3 is the third (and the last) chapter of the Second Epistle of Peter in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The author identifies himself as "Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ" and the epistle is traditionally attributed to Peter the Apostle.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some of the oldest manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Papyrus 72 (3rd/4th century)
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (ca. AD 450; complete)
  • Papyrus 74 (7th century; extant: verse 4,11,16)
  • This chapter is divided into 18 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • 2 Peter 3:1-9 = God’s Promise Is Not Slack
  • 2 Peter 3:10-13 = The Day of the Lord
  • 2 Peter 3:14-18 = Be Steadfast
  • Verse 1

    New King James Version

    Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

    Verse 3

    New King James Version

    knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

    Verse 4

    New King James Version

    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 creation.”

    Verse 8

    King James Version

    8 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.

    The mystery in the mystery can be found in the demonstration in KJV 2Peter. “Knowing this first,” in 1:20 leads us to, “Knowing this first,” in 3:3, “from the beginning of the Creation”, which includes the everlasting and first day. In the sixth verse, the doublet speaks of the second day, but from the third day. In verse eight he turns to us of the fourth day and explains the fifth day and sixth day; “lusts,” is our plural reference.

    The first day may be referenced by, “days,” in KJV 2Peter 3:3; the second day may be referenced by the second, “day,” in verse seven. The third and fourth day may be referenced by the third and fourth, “day,” in verse eight; where the word, “beloved,” for the doublet, changes the meaning to fifth and sixth day. The fifth and sixth, “day,” can be found in verses ten and twelve. Six days in the doublet; six days in the chapter.

    He begins the doublet in KJV 2Peter 3:3, speaking to those with him there. In verse six, “they,” hear about the second day from the third day. In verse eight he directs his attention to us, “beloved,” here in the Twenty-first Century. From the third day, speaking of, “To day,” the fourth day; he says the fifth day will last a thousand years and the sixth day will be one day, a thousand years long. This per our final doublet beginning Revelation six; “conquering, and to conquer,” is the plural reference there.

    Verse 15

    New King James Version

    and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

    Verse 16

    New King James Version

    as also in all his epistles, 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 rest of the Scriptures.


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