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1 Simon Peter, a bondservant (who willingly belongs to) and is an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those that (share with us in His life) having obtained an equally precious faith through (the revelation of) the justice of God (to give us His blessing and life as a gift) and (who has served us with that life through) our Savior Jesus Christ:


2 (His) grace and peace are multiplied to you through the knowledge of God revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord (to whom belongs all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge),


3 (Who has) accordingly through His own divine power and ability given to us all things that pertain to (us experiencing the substance of His) life and Godlikeness, (which comes) through the knowledge of Him (revealed in the faith of Jesus Christ) in which He has called us (through the spirit of faith) to (the same) glory and virtue:


4 And through (this faith) is given to us (the sure hope of these) magnificent and precious promises (surpassing all that we could ask or think): so that by these you might share in the life and nature of God and having (your flesh put to rest by His life) you will escape the corruption that is contained in the world from (the) lust (to bring forth life by your flesh).


5 And for this reason, give all diligence (to hearken) to this faith (which lavishly supplies) you with (His goodness and) virtue, and (along with) virtue knowledge;


6 And (along with) knowledge self-control; and (along with) self-control patience; and (along with) patience Godlikeness.


7 And (along with) Godlikeness brotherly kindness and (along with) brotherly kindness love.


8 Because if these things (which are contained in the faith of Jesus Christ) be (born) in you (by hearkening to this faith), and (abide and) abound (in your heart), they (will) make you so that you will not be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


9 But the one who lacks these things is blind (not hearkening diligently to the faith revealed in Jesus Christ), and (therefore) cannot see very far off, and has (quickly) forgotten that he was purged from (the bondage of) death wherein he formerly labored in vain for life.


10 Therefore brethren, give all diligence (to listen closely and keep hearing) the faith (of Jesus Christ) to make your calling unto the life that He has chosen you for (from the beginning) a certainty (in your heart): because if you do this (one thing) you will (in no way) ever fall:


11 Because in this (faith) has (He has given to you) the way that keeps you and has served you abundantly with His life, unto the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


12 Therefore, I will always be ready (and constantly) remind you of all these things, even though you (might already) know them, (lest you forget) and (so that you would) be established (and strengthened) by this present truth (abiding in you).


13 Yes, I esteem (this faith as the thing that will form His life in us) so that as long as I am in this body, I will stir you up (constantly) by putting you in remembrance;


14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this body, indeed as the Lord Jesus has shown me.


15 Now therefore I will be diligent (with the faith) so that after I am gone, you might (always) have these things in your remembrance.


16 For we have not followed (after nor are we repeating someone else’s) cleverly devised tales, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ but were eyewitnesses of His (glory and) majesty.


17 For He received from God the Father, honor and glory, when (we heard with our own ears) a voice that came and spoke to Him from (out of the clouds) full of (glory and) majesty saying, this is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.


18 And this voice that came from heaven we heard when we were with Him in the holy mountain.


19 We also have a more sure word of prophecy (contained in the faith of Jesus Christ that came out of the grave in immortal flesh); wherein it would do you all well that you take heed (and hearken diligently to), as you would to a light that shines in a dark place (for He is the light unto our feet and the lamp unto our way), (He shines) until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:


20 Knowing this first, that there is no prophecy of the scripture that is of any private interpretation (but all are speaking about Christ, the word that has been now made immortal flesh, He is the full counsel of God).


21 Because the prophecy that came in times past (through the law and the prophets), came not by the will of man: but through men who were ordained to speak the oracles of God, who spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (the things concerning Christ, the word now made immortal flesh in the resurrection).



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