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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

2 Peter 3

Verse 1

second . This shows that the epistle is addressed to the same readers as is the first.

beloved . App-135 .

unto = to.

which . Plural Hence the insertion of both.

stir up . App-178 . See 2 Peter 1:13 .

pure . See Philippians 1:1 , Philippians 1:10 (sincere).

minds = mind.

by way of = in.

remembrance . See 2 Peter 1:13 .

Verse 2

That ye may = To.

be mindful . See 2 Timothy 1:4 .

words . Greek. rhema. See Mark 9:32 .

by . App-104 .

prophets . App-189 .

us the . The texts read "your".

apostles . App-189 .

Lord . App-98 .

Verse 3

last days . See Acts 2:17 . 2 Timothy 3:1 .

scoffers = mockers. Greek. empaiktes. Only here and Jude 1:18 .

walking . All the texts add after walking, "in ( App-104 .) mockery". Greek. empaigmone. Only here. Compare Hebrews 11:36 .

after . App-104 .

Verse 4

coming . See Matthew 24:3 .

since = from ( App-104 .) the (day).

fell asleep . App-171 .

continue . Greek. diameno. See Galatians 1:2 , Galatians 1:5 .

Verse 5

this, &c . Literally this is hid from (Greek. lanthano. See Acts 26:26 ) them willing ( App-102 .) it.

word . App-121 .

God . App-98 .

heavens . Plural See Matthew 6:9 , Matthew 6:10 .

of old . Greek. ekpalai. See 2 Peter 2:3 .

earth . App-129 .

standing = consisting. Greek. sunistemi. See Colossians 1:17 .

out of = of. App-104 .

the . Omit.

in = through. App-104 . 2 Peter 3:1 . The reference is to Psalms 24:2 ; Psalms 136:5 , Psalms 136:6 . Compare Genesis 1:6 , Genesis 1:7 .

Verse 6

Whereby = By ( App-104 . 2 Peter 3:1 ) which (means).

the world, &c . Literally the then world ( App-129 .)

overflowed . Greek. katakluzo . Only here. Compare 2 Peter 2:5 .

perished . See John 17:12 .

Verse 7

kept in store = treasured up.

unto = for.

against = unto. App-104 .

the = a. judgment. App-177 .

perdition . See John 17:12 .

ungodly . See 1 Peter 4:18 .

men . App-123 .

Verse 8

be not, &c. Literally let not this one thing be hidden (as 2 Peter 3:6 ) from you.

with . App-104 .

LORD . App-98 .

Verse 9

is not slack = does not delay. See 1 Timothy 3:15 .

concerning . App-17 .

some men . App-124 .

count = reckon. Same word "account", 2 Peter 3:15 .

slackness . Greek. bradutes. Only here.

to us-ward = toward ( App-104 .) us, but the texts read "you".

willing . App-102 .

any . App-123 .

repentance . App-111 .

Verse 10

in the night . The texts omit. Compare 1 Thessalonians 5:2 , 1 Thessalonians 5:4 .

with a great noise = with a rushing sound. Greek. rhoizedon. Only here.

elements . See Galatians 1:4 , Galatians 1:3 .

melt = be dissolved. Greek. luo, to loose. Compare App-174 .

with fervent heat = being burnt up. Greek. kausoo. Only here and 2 Peter 3:12 .

therein = in ( App-104 .) it.

burned up . See 1 Corinthians 3:15 .

Verse 11

dissolved . See "melt", 2 Peter 3:10 .

be . See Luke 9:48 .

conversation . See 1 Peter 1:15 .

godliness . See 1 Timothy 2:2 .

Verse 12

Looking for . App-133 . See Luke 3:15 (be in expectation).

hasting unto = hastening. Greek. speudo. Elsewhere intransitive. Luke 19:5 .Acts 22:18 ; &c. Man can neither hinder nor advance the kingdom of God. But here the meaning is "Looking for, yes and earnestly looking for, the coming of the day of God".

wherein = on account of ( App-104 . 2 Peter 3:2 ) which (plural)

being on fire . See Ephesians 6:16 (fiery).

melt . Greek. tekomai. Only here.

Verse 13

according to . App-104 .

promise . See 2 Peter 1:4 .Isaiah 65:17 ; Isaiah 66:22 .

new . Greek. kainos. See Matthew 9:17 .

wherein = in ( App-104 .) which.

dwelleth . See Acts 2:5 .

Verse 14

such = these.

be diligent. See 2 Peter 1:10 .

of Dative case. No preposition.

without spot. See 1 Timothy 6:14 . blameless. Greek. amometos. See Philippians 1:2 , Philippians 1:15 .

Verse 15

hath written = wrote. Some think this refers to the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Verse 16

also, &c . = in all his epistles also.

speaking . App-121 .7.

some . App-124 . (neut).

hard, &c . Greek. dusnoetos. Only here.

unlearned . Greek. amathes. Only here. Compare Acts 4:13 . 1Co 14:16 . 2 Timothy 2:23 .

unstable . See 2 Peter 2:14 .

wrest . Greek. strebloo. Only here and in Septuagint of 2 Samuel 22:27 (m. wrestle). It means to strain or twist, and so to torture. Occurs in Apocrypha.

also, &c . = the other ( App-124 .) Scriptures also. Note that St. Paul's epistles are called "Scripture".

unto . App-104 .

destruction . Same as "perdition", 2 Peter 3:7 .

Verse 17

know. before . Greek. proginosko. App-132 .

beware = be on your guard.

lest = in order that (Greek. hina) not (Greek. me , as in 2 Peter 3:8 ).

led away . Greek. aunapagomai. See Romans 12:16 . Galatians 1:2 , Galatians 1:13 .

wicked . See 2 Peter 2:7 .

fall . Greek. ekpipto. Occurances: Galatians 1:5 , Galatians 1:4 .

stedfastness . Greek. sterigmos. Only here. The verb in 2 Peter 1:12 .

Verse 18

grace . App-184 .

knowledge . App-132 .

Jesus Christ . App-98 .

glory . See p. 1511.

for ever . App-151 .

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Peter 3". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/2-peter-3.html. 1909-1922.