2 Peter 3:10

“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.”

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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

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

  • Freedomborn and Set Free Now
    Yes Jesus will come as a Thief in the Night but only to those who are in Darkness. So what does God say about us who are in the Light? as we can see confirmed in this Scripture 1Thessalonians 5 we will know when Jesus is returning and even now we can see many of the signs He told us to look for. God's Love and Blessings - Anne.
  • Marie Washington
    Verse 10, states that the heavens 3 heavens shall pass away, so where will God Jesus and the saved people? I know the Bible speak of a new heaven and earth, but it's states nothing about where the saints will be while heaven and earth burn up.
  • Obbie Beal
    9 The Lord is not slack concerning His PROMISE, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance ..., 13 Nevertheless we, according to His PROMISE, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. P:3-5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
  • Kedra
    I don't know how hot fervent heat is but I'm glad I won't have to experience it because I'll already be in heaven with the LORD
  • Rev. Tim
    There are already false teachers in our world today. Also there will be a new heaven and a new earth for the Bible says the old will pass away. We are in the last days of the church age so we need to get to work leading people to Christ for He's coming to take His Church home and I believe it will be soon, in God's time not my
  • Anne
    Peter is amonishing the saints not to forget the teachings of the apostles and the predictions of the prophets that false prophets and scoffers will come in the last days with false doctrines and that they should not be carried away with their error but continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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