2 Peter 3:10

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the day of the Lord wil come as a thiefe in the night, in the which the heauens shall passe away with a great noise, and the Elements shall melt with feruent heate, the earth also and the works that are therin shalbe burnt vp.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; and in that day the heavens will be rolled up with a great noise, and the substance of the earth will be changed by violent heat, and the world and everything in it will be burned up.
- Basic English Bible

But the day of [the] Lord will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, and [the] elements, burning with heat, shall be dissolved, and [the] earth and the works in it shall be burnt up.
- Darby Bible

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein will be burned up.
- Webster's Bible

The day of the Lord will come like a thief--it will be a day on which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, the elements be destroyed in the fierce heat, and the earth and all the works of man be utterly burnt up.
- Weymouth Bible

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
- World English Bible

For the dai of the Lord schal come as a theef, in which heuenes with greet bire schulen passe, and elementis schulen be dissoluyd bi heete, and the erthe, and alle the werkis that ben in it, schulen be brent.
- Wycliffe Bible

and it will come -- the day of the Lord -- as a thief in the night, in which the heavens with a rushing noise will pass away, and the elements with burning heat be dissolved, and earth and the works in it shall be burnt up.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 3:10


3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief - Suddenly, unexpectedly. In which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise - Surprisingly expressed by the very sound of the original word. The elements shall melt with fervent heat - The elements seem to mean, the sun, moon, and stars; not the four, commonly so called; for air and water cannot melt, and the earth is mentioned immediately after. The earth and all the works - Whether of nature or art. That are therein shall be burned up - And has not God already abundantly provided for this? 1. By the stores of subterranean fire which are so frequently bursting out at Aetna, Vesuvius, Hecla, and many other burning mountains. 2. By the ethereal (vulgarly called electrical) fire, diffused through the whole globe; which, if the secret chain that now binds it up were loosed, would immediately dissolve the whole frame of nature. 3. By comets, one of which, if it touch the earth in its course toward the sun, must needs strike it into that abyss of fire; if in its return from the sun, when it is heated, as a great man computes, two thousand times hotter than a red - hot cannonball, it must destroy all vegetables and animals long before their contact, and soon after burn it up.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 3:10


2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come. This expression usually, but not always, refers to the second advent. Such is the meaning here. As a thief in the night. When people are not expecting it. Compare 1Th 5:2 Mt 24:43. In which the heavens shall pass away. See Lu 21:33. The elements shall melt. The material of which they are composed. The earth also and the works that are therein, shall be burnt up. The earth and all man's creations. That the world shall come to an end seems to be written in its very constitution. A slight change in the constitution of the atmosphere, or the decomposition of its water would wrap it in flame. Science finds the elements of final dissolution in the relations of the earth and sun. According to the ratio of increase in two centuries the would will not have resources to feed its population. In a few hundred years the coal resources of the world will fail. These and many other facts point to a necessary and inevitable change.

Discussion for 2 Peter 3

  • Andrea
    I see he talks of 3 earth ages. The one before,
    The one now, and the one to come. Remain steadfast, do not fall for false teachings.Be
    Patient and wait upon the Lord and grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord And Saviour.
    And tho we may not know the hour or the day
    Be ready, and know that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.
  • Word
    Many Christians will fall away from their steadfastness,error with the wicked by listening to false teachings. Like the rapture people say Christ will show up at a time beforehand but we know there is only one appointed time and that is at the 7th trump so when the false messiah Antichrist gets here 6th trump preaching he is going to fly those who worship him away many Christians will follow. Lost
  • Wayne
    JC, look up Ephesians 6:10-17. Maybe that will help. God Bless!
  • Terrie
    Our Lord is such a wonderful GOD, he give warnings, tells us what is to happen in the future, He is rooting for mankind so much, not willing that any should be lost, but mankind needs to heed his word and warnings; for his judgement will surely come one day at his appointed time, we should also be aware of self-seeing false teachers whose words and agenda DO NOT line up with what GOD says.
  • Word
    JC the day of the Lord is a thousand years. But when CHRIST comes He will burn all evil elements which is rudiments off earth and the target is the city of confusion which is Jerusalem the gathering place of the vile one spoken of in Daniel 11 vs 21. Satan comes in peace and gathers those who will worship him because they think he is the Lamb of God but it's not its the dragon as Rev. 13 says.
  • Jo wilmer
    You are not ready to live, until you are ready to die... If you are ready to die-live for Him!