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2 Peter 3:1-18

A. 1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

B. 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 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 the creation.

i. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

ii. 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

i’.7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store,

ii’. reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

C. 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.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward,

D. not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.

a. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
b. in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
c. and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
d. the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

F. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

a’. 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
b’. wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,
c’. and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
d’. 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

D’. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,
be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

C’. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation;

B’. even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

A’.17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.


2 Peter 1:12-15

A.(12) Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

B. (13) Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle,

C. to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

B’. (14) Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

A’. (15) Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

2 Peter 1:16-21

A. (16) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

B. but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

C. (17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory,

D. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

C’.(18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

B’. (19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

A’. (20-21) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Note: the CDC’ pattern indicates a chiasm around the heavenly declaration on the mount of transfiguration. Although there are no exact verbal links between AA’ and BB’, AA’ contrasts cunningly devised fables with the inspired Word of revelation and BB’ related the eyewitnesses account  to the witness of prophecy available to us all.