2 Peter 3:9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The Lord is not slacke cōcerning his promise (as some men count slacknesse) but is long-suffring to vs-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his word, as he seems to some, but he is waiting in mercy for you, not desiring the destruction of any, but that all may be turned from their evil ways.
- Basic English Bible

[The] Lord does not delay his promise, as some account of delay, but is longsuffering towards you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- Darby Bible

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- Webster's Bible

The Lord is not slow in fulfilling His promise, in the sense in which some men speak of slowness. But He bears patiently with you, His desire being that no one should perish but that all should come to repentance.
- Weymouth Bible

The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- World English Bible

The Lord tarieth not his biheest, as summe gessen, but he doith pacientli for you, and wole not that ony men perische, but that alle turne ayen to penaunce.
- Wycliffe Bible

the Lord is not slow in regard to the promise, as certain count slowness, but is long-suffering to us, not counselling any to be lost but all to pass on to reformation,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 3:9


3:9 The Lord is not slow - As if the time fixed for it were past. Concerning his promise - Which shall surely be fulfilled in its season. But is longsuffering towards us - Children of men. Not willing that any soul, which he hath made should perish.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 3:9


2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise. If the day of the Lord seems delayed, it is not due to slackness. But is longsuffering to us-ward. It is rather because God is long- suffering and is giving time to call the world to repentance. See 1Ti 2:4.

Discussion for 2 Peter 3

  • 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.
  • Brianna
    I enjoy this translation of vs. 16-
    speaking about these things as he does in all his letters. However, some things in them are hard to understand, and these things the ignorant and unstable are twisting, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

    There are some thing hard to understand in the Bible, and some have made up teaching based on their lack of understanding.
  • Michelle
    I agree we need to do Gods works. and win ppl souls to the Lord.

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