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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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.
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.
Thomas Cole's comment on 2012-06-30 19:38:15:
Again, futher explanation is required for this verse as with most others in the Bible. That in of itself is further proof that we do not have an all knowing creator being. Surely, an all knowing creator would know he created most humans with sub level IQ's and could not therefore understand the complicated messages of the Bible. That of course is why most of the Bible is so often misinterpreted! Read my book "GOD WHO?" and learn the TRUE TRUTH, Truths based upon indisputable FACTS and LOGIC!
William Chabot's comment on 2011-04-12 22:03:49:
God Has been so merciful to man....
So much so...That HE has revealed part of His timeline.. PRAISE BE TO GOD
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