2 Peter 3:4

“And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And saying, Where is the promise of his comming? For since the fathers fell asleepe, all things continue as they were frō the beginning of the creation.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For {ever} since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Saying, Where is the hope of his coming? From the death of the fathers till now everything has gone on as it was from the making of the world.
- Basic English Bible

and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for from the time the fathers fell asleep all things remain thus from [the] beginning of [the] creation.
- Darby Bible

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
- Webster's Bible

and, asking, "What has become of His promised Return? For from the time our forefathers fell asleep all things continue as they have been ever since the creation of the world."
- Weymouth Bible

and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
- World English Bible

seiynge, Where is the biheest, or the comyng of hym? for sithen the fadris dieden, alle thingis lasten fro the bigynnyng of creature.
- Wycliffe Bible

and saying, `Where is the promise of his presence? for since the fathers did fall asleep, all things so remain from the beginning of the creation;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 3:4


3:4 Saying, Where is the promise of his coming - To judgment (They do not even deign to name him.) We see no sign of any such thing. For ever since the fathers - Our first ancestors. Fell asleep, all things - Heaven. water, earth. Continue as they were from the beginning of the creation - Without any such material change as might make us believe they will ever end.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 3:4


2Pe 3:4 Where is the promise of his coming? This question is asked by the scoffers, as though the coming of Christ was so long delayed that all hope had ended. They take advantage of the disappointment to try to destroy faith. All things continue as [they were]. The scoffers assert that the regular order of natural continues right on as it was from the beginning. They forget the deluge.

Discussion for 2 Peter 3

  • Paul
    One thing to note is that verse 8 is not in the context of creation. It's simply pointing out that as Wayne said, God Is timeless, and a thousand years are not a significant length of time to him. Genesis 1 points out that the evening and the morning were the first day, the evening and the morning were the second day, etc.
  • Wayne
    God, simply put, does not dwell in "time". Time, and spans of time, are for us on this earth. God is timeless, having neither beginning nor ending. Timeless. As stated in the word of God. We must think in the spiritual, not the physical.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 8-9
    These verses really give glimpse into how God views time. Vs. 8 can help us understand that the creative days were not literal 24 hour periods, but the term "day" can refer to a span of years. Vs. 9 highlights God's mercy and shows that he is being patient allowing as much time as possible to elapse for us to come to an approved standing with Him.
  • Bill
    im sure that means only that which is evel will burn up
  • Wayne
    Vv. 12 and 13 state the heavens and the earth will be burned up, dissolved. So we look for NEW heavens and a NEW earth. Jesus, in Matt. 24:35, states Heaven and earth shall pass away. Not a renovation, new. Wherein dwelleth righteousness.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 13
    Had to come back! As we are living in the last days in the Bible, this scripture helps me not to become discouraged Jehovah God has made a promise, and that is to give us a cleansed earth. Cleaned from all wickedness and suffering. This encourages me to keep living in a bay that christian should so I can receive that promise.

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