1: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2: Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3: According as his divine power hath given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4: Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5: And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8: For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9: But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purified from his old sins. 10: Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11: For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12: Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know [them], and are established in the present truth. 13: Indeed, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting [you] in remembrance; 14: Knowing that shortly I must put off [this] my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shown me. 15: Moreover, I will endeavor that ye may be able, after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance. 16: For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. 17: For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18: And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him on the holy mount. 19: We have also a more sure word of prophecy; to which ye do well that ye take heed, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: 20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21: For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke [as they were] moved by the Holy Spirit.