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

  • Bruce
    Aletha:Yes! Very! For The Time is here, that They won't endure Sound Doctrine:2Timothy 4:1-8 / The Night cometh,when no Man can Work. John9:4 /The Night is far Spent--- put on The Armour of Light. Romans 13:10-14./ They run from The Light: John 3:19. / Sometimes I sit in my room, Numb! Spiritually depressed: Eternity is coming They don't care.
  • Aletha McKenzie
    Vs. 11 especially speaks to me at a time when it is VERY difficult to find a place of worship that doesn't have a "subculture" of gossiping and backbiting. Many times the Pastor's are not aware that these "busy bodies" are eroding His Church. People ultimately leave the ministries. Sad to see this happening †
  • Bruce
    Put on The Whole Armour of God,that Ye may be able to stand against the wiles of The Devil.Ephesians 6:11 / Study to shew thyself approved unto God---Rightly dividing The Word of Truth. 2Timothy 2:15/and many False Prophets shall rise and shall deceive many.Matthew 24:11/You will know them by how they twist Scripture,deny others.Matthew 7:15-16.
  • Word
    Vs 5 don't be ignorant their was a first earth age. Destruction Jer. 4:20-27 Why? Ezekiel 28 Satans downfall where he wanted to be God but is only a man, pride, sin. Satan got one third of Gods children to follow him and they road that tail in Rev.12:4 and in Matt. 13:36 -40 it explains that Satan sends his tares, children to earth just like God does. 1st earth age spiritual bodies. 2nd age flesh.
  • Steve morrow
    2 peter 3:18 but grow in grace and in the knowledge of our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST to HIM be glory both now and forever proverbs 24:4 and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches 24:5 a wise man is strong yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength
  • Wayne
    According to His promise, we look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

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