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. Chapter 1.

The remedy for doubt

Salutation

1 FROM SIMEON PETER,
servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
to those who through the justice of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ share our faith and enjoy equal privilege with ourselves.

2 Grace and peace be yours in fullest measure, through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

The Christian's Call and Election

3 His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and true religion, enabling us to know the One who called us by his own splendour and might. 4 Through this might and splendour he has given us his promises, great beyond all price, and through them you may escape the corruption with which lust has infected the world, and come to share in the very being of God.

5 With all this in view, you should try your hardest to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, 6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with fortitude, fortitude with piety, 7 piety with brotherly kindness, and brotherly kindness with love.

8 These are gifts which, if you possess and foster them, will keep you from being either useless or barren in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 The man who lacks them is short-sighted and blind; he has forgotten how he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 All the more then, my friends, exert yourselves to clinch God's choice and calling of you. If you behave so, you will never come to grief. 11 Thus you will be afforded full and free admission into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

12 And so I will not hesitate to remind you of this again and again, although you know it and are well grounded in the truth that has already reached you. 13 Yet I think it right to keep refreshing your memory so long as I still lodge in this body. 14 I know that very soon I must leave it; indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has told me so. [Or: I must leave it, as our Lord Jesus Christ told me.] 15 But I will see to it that after I am gone you will have means of remembering these things at all times.

Christ's Glory and the Prophetic Word

16 It was not on tales artfully spun that we relied when we told you of the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming; we saw him with our own eyes in majesty, 17 when at the hands of God the Father he was invested with honour and glory, and there came to him from the sublime Presence a voice which said: 'This is my Son, my Beloved, [Or: This is my only Son.] on whom my favour rests.' 18 This voice from heaven we ourselves heard; when it came, we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 All this only confirms for us the message of the prophets, [Or: And in the message of the prophets we have something still more certain.] to which you will do well to attend, because it is like a lamp shining in a murky place, until the day breaks and the morning star rises to illuminate your minds.

20 BUT FIRST NOTE this: no one can interpret any prophecy of Scripture by himself. 21 For it was not through any human whim that men prophesied of old; men they were, but, impelled by the Holy Spirit, they spoke the words of God.

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