1It has been a long time since I have written you, my beloved, but now I write this second letter; in both of them I have endeavored to stir up your pure minds by way of admonition, 2that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the Nevi’im HaK’doshim, and of the mitzvah given through us, the Shlikhim of Adoneinu and Moshi’einu.
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the Akharit HaYamim, mockers who scoff, following after their own lusts 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since our fathers died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5Of this they are willingly ignorant, that by D’var HaElohim the heavens were of old, and the earth emerged from water and by means of the water; 6and those men, because of whose deeds the world of that time was flooded, perished under that water; 7but the present heavens and earth are sustained by His D’var and are reserved for fire on Yom HaDin, which is the day of the destruction of ungodly men.
8But, my beloved, do not forget this one thing, that one day is with יהוה as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 יהוה is not slow concerning His promises, as some men count slowness; but is longsuffering toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to teshuvah. 10But Yom יהוה will come as a thief in the night, when the heavens shall suddenly pass away, and the elements shall separate as they burn, and the earth also and the works that are in it shall not be found. 11Now since all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in your consecrated conduct and fear of Elohim, 12waiting for and longing for the coming of Yom HaElohim, wherein the heavens being tested with fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which dwells tzedaka. 14Therefore, my beloved, while you look for these things, be diligent that you may be found by Him in shalom, without spot, and blameless. 15And consider that the longsuffering of Adoneinu is for Salvation; even as our beloved brother Pavlos also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16as also in all his letters he speaks concerning these matters, in which there are certain things so hard to be understood that those who are ignorant and unstable twist their meaning, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. 17You therefore, my beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware, lest you follow the error of those without Torah, and fall from your own steadfastness. 18But grow in compassion and in the knowledge of Adoneinu and Moshi’einu, Yeshua HaMashi’akh, and of Elohim HaAv. To Him be glory both now and forever, and through all eternity. Amein.
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