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this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus knowing that the putting off of my Christ hath shewed me.

tabernacle cometh swiftly, even as 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye our Lord Jesus Christ signified unto may be able after my decease to have 15 Yea, I will give diligence these things always in remembrance. that at every time ye may be able

16 For we have not followed cunningly after my decease to call these things devised fables, when we made known unto to remembrance. 16 For we did you the power and coming of our Lord not follow cunningly devised fables, Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his when we made known unto you the majesty.

power and coming of our Lord 17 For he received from God the Fa- Jesus Christ, but we

eyether honour and glory, when there came witnesses of his majesty. 17 For such a voice to him from the excellent he received from God the Father glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom honour and glory, when there came I am well pleased.

such a voice to him from the excel18 And this voice which came from lent glory, This is my beloved Son, heaven we heard, when we were with him in whom I am well pleased : 18 and in the holy mount.

this voice we ourselves heard come 19 We have also a more sure word of out of heaven, when we were with prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye him in the holy mount. take heed, asunto a light that shineth we have the word of prophecy made in a dark place, until the day dawn, and more sure; whereunto ye do well the day star arise in your hearts:

that ye take heed, as unto a lamp 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy shining in a dark place, until the of the scripture is of any private inter- day dawn, and the day-star arise in pretation.

your hearts: 20 knowing this first, 21 For the prophecy came not in old that no prophecy of scripture is of time by the will of man: but holy men private interpretation. 21 For no of God spake as they were moved by the prophecy ever came by the will of Holy Ghost.

man: but men spake from God, be

ing moved by the Holy Ghost. CHAPTER 2.

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UT there were false prophets also 2BUT there arose false prophets be false teachers among you, who privily among you also there shall be false shall bring in damnable heresies, even teachers, who shall privily bring in denying the Lord that bought them, destructive heresies, denying even and bring upon themselves swift destruc- the Master that bought them, bringtion.

ing upon themselves swift destruc2 And many shall follow their per- tion. 2 And many shall follow their nicious ways; by reason of whom the way lascivious doings; by reason of of truth shall be evil spoken of.

whom the way of the truth shall be 3 And through covetousness shall they evil spoken of. 3 And in covetouswith feigned words make merchandise of ness shall they with feigned words you: whose judgment now of a long time make merchandise of you: whose lingereth not, and their damnation slum- sentence now from of old lingerbereth not.

eth not, and their destruction slum4 For if God spared not the angels that bereth not. 4 For if God spared sinned, but cast them down to hell, and not angels when they sinned, but delivered them into chains of darkness, to cast them down to hell, and combe reserved unto judgment;

mitted them to pits of darkness, to 5 And spared not the old world, but be reserved unto judgement; 5 and saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher spared not the ancient world, but of righteousness, bringing in the flood preserved Noah with seven others, upon the world of the ungodly;

a preacher of righteousness, when 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and he brought a flood upon the world Gomorrha into ashes condemned them of the ungodly; 6 and turning the with an overthrow, making them an en- cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into

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ing that the putting off of my tabernacle cometh swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ signified unto me. 15 Yea, I will give diligence that at every time ye may be able after my decease to call these things to remembrance. 16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there was borne such a voice to him by the Majestic Glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased : 18 and this voice we ourselves heard borne out of heaven, when

were with him in the holy mount. 19 And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. 21 For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.

ir.g as our Lord Jesus Christ also hath signified to me.

15 And I will endeavour, that you frequently have after my decease, whereby you may keep a memory of these things.

16 For we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eyewitnesses of his greatness.

17 For he received from God the Father, honour and glory: this voice coming down to him from the excellent glory: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

18 And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount.

19 And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

20 Understanding this first, that no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation.

21 For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time: but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost.

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UT there arose false prophets

also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And in covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose sentence now from of old lingereth not, and their destruction slumbereth not. 4 For if God spared not angels when they sinned, but cast them down to hell, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5 and spared not the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes

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UT there were also false prophets

among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not.

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down by infernal ropes to the lower hell, unto torments, to be reserved unto judgment:

5 And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

6 And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites, into ashes, condemned them to be

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sample unto those that after should live ashes condemned them with an overungodly;

throw, having made them an ex7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with ample unto those that should live the filthy conversation of the wicked: ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous

8 (For that righteous man dwelling Lot, sore distressed by the lasamong them, in seeing and hearing, vexed civious life of the wicked 8 (for his righteous soul from day to day with that righteous man dwelling among their unlawful deeds ;)

them, in seeing and hearing, vexed 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the his righteous soul from day to day godly out of temptations, and to reserve with their lawless deeds): 9 the the unjust unto the day of judgment to Lord knoweth how to deliver the be punished:

godly out of temptation, and to keep 10 But chiefly them that walk after the the unrighteous under punishment flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and de- unto the day of judgement; 10 but spise government. Presumptuous are they, chiefly them that walk after the selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak flesh in the lust of defilement, and evil of dignities.

despise dominion. Daring, self11 Whereas angels, which are greater in willed, they tremble not to rail at power and might, bring not railing accusa- dignities : 11 whereas angels, though tion against them before the Lord.

greater in might and power, bring 12 But these, as natural brute beasts, not a railing judgement against made to be taken and destroyed, speak them before the Lord. 12 But these, evil of the things that they understand as creatures without reason, born not; and shall utterly perish in their own mere animals to be taken and decorruption;

stroyed, railing in matters whereof 13 And shall receive the reward of un- they are ignorant, shall in their righteousness, as they that count it pleas- destroying surely be destroyed, 13 ure to riot in the day time. Spots they suffering wrong as the hire of are and blemishes, sporting themselves wrong-doing; men that count it with their own deceivings while they feast pleasure to revel in the day-time,

spots and blemishes, revelling in 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and their love-feasts while they feast that cannot cease from sin; beguiling un- with you; 14 having eyes full of stable souls: an heart they have exer- adultery, and that cannot cease from cised with covetous practices; cursed chil- sin; enticing unstedfast souls; havdren:

ing a heart exercised in covetous15 Which have forsaken the right way, ness; children of cursing ; 15 forand are gone astray, following the way saking the right way, they went of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved astray, having followed the way of the wages of unrighteousness;

Balaam the son of Beor, who loved 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity : the hire of wrong-doing; 16 but he the dumb ass speaking with man's voice was rebuked for his own transgresforbad the madness of the prophet.

sion: a dumb ass spake with man's 17 These are wells without water, clouds voice and stayed the madness of the that are carried with a tempest; to whom prophet. 17 These are springs withthe mist of darkness is reserved for ever. out water, and mists driven by a

18 For when they speak great swelling storm; for whom the blackness of words of vanity, they allure through the darkness hath been reserved. 18 lusts of the flesh, through much wanton- For, uttering great swelling words ness, those that were clean escaped from of vanity, they entice in the lusts of them who live in error.

the flesh, by lasciviousness, those 19 While they promise them liberty, they who are just escaping from them themselves are the servants of corruption : that live in error; 19 promising for of whom a man is overcome, of the them liberty, while they themselves same is he brought in bondage.

are bondservants of corruption; for 20 For if after they have escaped the of whom a man is overcome, of the pollutions of the world through the knowl- same is he also brought into bondedge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus age.

20 For if, after they have Christ, they are again entangled therein, escaped the defilements of the world

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condemned them with an overthrow, thrown, making them an example to
having made them an example unto those that should after act wickedly.
those that should live ungodly; 7 7 And delivered just Lot, oppressed by
and delivered righteous Lot, sore the injustice and lewd conversation of
distressed by the lascivious life of the wicked.
the wicked 8 (for that righteous 8 For in sight and hearing he was just :
man dwelling among them, in seeing dwelling among them, who from day to
and hearing, vexed his righteous day vexed the just soul with unjust
soul from day to day with their works.
lawless deeds): 9 the Lord know- 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the
eth how to deliver the godly out godly from temptation, but to reserve
of temptation, and to keep the un- the unjust unto the day of judgment to
righteous under punishment unto be tormented.
the day of judgment; 10 but chiefly 10 And especially them who walk after
them that walk after the flesh in the flesh in the lust of uncleanness,
the lust of defilement, and despise and despise government, audacious, self
dominion. Daring, self-willed, they willed, they fear not to bring in sects,
tremble not to rail at dignities: II blaspheming.
whereas angels, though greater in 11 Whereas angels who are greater in
might and power, bring not a rail- strength and power, bring not against
ing judgment against them before themselves a railing judgment.
the Lord. 12 But these, as crea- 12 But these men, as irrational beasts,
tures without reason, born mere: naturally tending to the snare and to de-
animals to be taken and destroyed, struction, blaspheming those things which
railing in matters whereof they are they know not, shall perish in their cor-
ignorant, shall in their destroying ruption,
surely be destroyed, 13 suffering 13 Receiving the reward of their injus-
wrong as the hire of wrong-doing ; tice, counting for a pleasure the delights
men that count it pleasure to revel of a day: stains and spots, sporting them-
in the day-time, spots and blem- selves to excess, rioting in their feasts
ishes, revelling in their deceivings
while they feast with you; 14 hav- 14 Having eyes full of adultery and of
ing eyes full of adultery, and that sin that ceaseth not: alluring unstable
cannot cease from sin; enticing un- souls, having their heart exercised with
stedfast souls; having a heart ex- covetousness, children of malediction :
ercised in covetousness; children of

15 Leaving the right way they have cursing ; 15 forsaking the right way, gone astray, having followed the way of they went astray, having followed

Balaam of Bosor, who loved the wages of the way of Balaam the son of Beor,

iniquity, who loved the hire of wrong-doing;

16 But had a check of his madness, the 16 but he was rebuked for his own

dumb beast used to the yoke, which speaktransgression: a dumb ass spake

ing with man's voice, forbade the folly with man's voice and stayed the of the prophet. madness of the prophet. 17 These

17 These are fountains without water, are springs without water, and mists driven by a storm; for whom the

and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to blackness of darkness hath been re

whom the mist of darkness is reserved. served. 18 For, uttering great

18 For, speaking proud words of vanswelling words of vanity, they en

ity, they allure by the desires of fleshly tice in the lusts of the flesh, by

riotousness, those who for a little while lasciviousness, those who are just

escape, such as converse in error: escaping from them that live in 19 Promising them liberty, whereas they error; 19 promising them liberty, themselves are the slaves of corruption. while they themselves are bond

For by whom a man is overcome, of the servants of corruption ; for of whom same also he is the slave, a man is overcome, of the same is 20 For if, Aying from the pollutions of he also brought into bondage. 20 the world, through the knowledge of our For if, after they have escaped the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be defilements of the world through the again entangled in them and overcome:

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and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first. 21 For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 It has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog turning to his own vomit again, and the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire.

CHAPTER 3.

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THIS is now, beloved, the secwrite unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remem- you; and in both of them I stir up brance:

your sincere mind by putting you in 2 That ye may be mindful of the words remembrance; 2 that ye should rewhich were spoken before by the holy member the words which were prophets, and of the commandment of us spoken before by the holy prophets, the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: · and the commandment of the Lord

3 Knowing this first, that there shall and Saviour through your apostles: come in the last days scoffers, walking 3 knowing this first, that in the last after their own lusts,

days mockers shall come with mock4 And saying, Where is the promise of ery, walking after their own lusts, his coming? for since the fathers fell 4 and saying, Where is the promise asleep, all things continue as they were of his coming ? for, from the day from the beginning of the creation.

that the fathers fell asleep, all things 5 For this they willingly are ignorant continue as they were from the beof, that by the word of God the heavens ginning of the creation. 5 For this were of old, and the earth standing out they wilfully forget that there of the water and in the water:

were heavens from of old, and an 6 Whereby the world that then was,

earth compacted out of water and being overflowed with water, perished:

amidst water, by the word of God; 7 But the heavens and the earth, which

6 by which means the world that are now, by the same word are kept in then was, being overflowed with store, reserved unto fire against the day water, perished: 7 but the heavens of judgment and perdition of ungodly

that now are, and the earth, by the

same word have been stored up for 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this

fire, being reserved against the day one thing, that one day is with the Lord

of judgement and destruction of unas a thousand years, and a thousand years

godly men.

8 But forget not this one thing, as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his

beloved, that one day is with the

Lord as a thousand years, and a promise, as some men count slackness;

thousand years as one day. 9 The but is longsuffering to us-ward, not will

Lord is not slack concerning his ing that any should perish, but that all

promise, as some count slackness; should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come

but is longsuffering to you-ward,

not wishing that any should perish, as a thief in the night; in the which the but that all should come to repentheavens shall pass away with a great

10 But the day of the Lord noise, and the elements shall melt with

will come as a thief; in the which fervent heat, the earth also and the works the heavens shall pass away with that are therein shall be burned up.

a great noise, and the elements shall I Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and be dissolved, what manner of persons the earth and the works that are

men.

ance.

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