Living_Oracles(i) 1 Symeon Peter, a servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ, to them who have obtained like precious faith with us, through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Favor and peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. 3 As his divine power has gifted to us all things which are necessary to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who has called us to glory and virtue. 4 On account of which, the greatest and most precious promises are freely given to us, that by these we might be made partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world, through lust. 5 And for this very reason, indeed, giving all diligence, add to your faith, courage; and to courage, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love: 8 for these things being in you, and abounding, make you to be neither slothful, nor unfruitful, in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he who has not these things, is blind, shutting his eyes, having become forgetful of the purification of his old sins. 10 Wherefore, the rather, brethren, earnestly endeavor to make your calling and election sure; for doing these things, you shall never fall; 11 and thus there shall be richly ministered to you, an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 12 Wherefore, I will not neglect to put you always in remembrance of these things, although you know, and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it fit, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up, by putting you in remembrance; 14 knowing, that the putting off of this, my tabernacle, is soon to happen, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me. 15 Therefore, I will carefully endeavor that you 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 grandeur; 17 for when he received from God the Father honor and glory, a vice to this effect came to him from the magnificent glory, "This is my Son, the beloved, in whom I delight." 18 And this voice we heard come from heaven, being with him on the holy mountain: 19 so we have the prophetic word more firm; to which you do well to take heed, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, till the day dawn, and the morning star arise in your hearts. 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy brought by the will of man; 21 but the holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.