2 Peter 3:8

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But (beloued) bee not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand yeeres, and a thousand yeeres as one day.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But do not let this one {fact} escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But, my loved ones, keep in mind this one thing, that with the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years are no more than one day.
- Basic English Bible

But let not this one thing be hidden from you, beloved, that one day with [the] Lord [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

But there is one thing, dear friends, which you must not forget. With the Lord one day resembles a thousand years and a thousand years resemble one day.
- Weymouth Bible

But don't forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
- World English Bible

But, ye moost dere, this o thing be not hid to you, that o dai anentis God is as a thousynde yeeris, and a thousynde yeeris ben as o dai.
- Wycliffe Bible

And this one thing let not be unobserved by you, beloved, that one day with the Lord [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 3:8


3:8 But be not ye ignorant - Whatever they are. Of this one thing - Which casts much light on the point in hand. That one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day - Moses had said, #Psalm 90:4|, A thousand years in thy sight are as one day; which St. Peter applies with regard to the last day, so as to denote both his eternity, whereby he exceeds all measure of time in his essence and in his operation; his knowledge, to which all things past or to come are present every moment; his power, which needs no long delay, in order to bring its work to perfection; and his longsuffering, which excludes all impatience of expectation, and desire of making haste. One day is with the Lord as a thousand years - That is, in one day, in one moment he can do the work of a thousand years. Therefore he is not slow: he is always equally ready to fulfil his promise. And a thousand years are as one day - That is, no delay is long to God. A thousand years are as one day to the eternal God. Therefore he is longsuffering: he gives us space for repentance, without any inconvenience to himself. In a word, with God time passes neither slower nor swifter than is suitable to him and his economy; nor can there be any reason why it should be necessary for him either to delay or hasten the end of all things. How can we comprehend this? If we could comprehend it, St. Peter needed not to have added, with the Lord.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 3:8


2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing. Delay was the objection of the scoffers, but time is no element in the counsels of God. That one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. He has eternity in which to work out his purposes. He can as well take a thousand years as a day. If he seems to us short lived creatures to delay, it for wise purposes. See Ps 90:4.

Discussion for 2 Peter 3

  • Humbly Learning
    My take is this, we are to be diligent in learning the Word of God, which is the Lord Jesus Christ, to be discerning for that time when we will be needing Him, to be at all times prayerful, to be pure in heart, mind, body. We are being warned, that if we do not, we will be caught off guard, and easily confused, but God cares for all, and waits, but not forever, so repent, change, and Live in Him!
  • 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.
  • 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!

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