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

  • Servant of God
    The message from Peter is the same as that of Jesus: Watch and pray. Obviously, we can't control the elements, but we can hear into understanding and watch into faith, that God is just and his reward is in his hand. This is certain in my life of devotion to God, the King of kings, the Lord of Lords, who has no partners but many Sons, which are those that remain faithful under all conditions!
  • JP
    we find the BIG BANG not a theory in 3:10
  • A disciple
    Alex, dear brother; whether we like to think that "God could never want to destroy the earth, etc." is simply a lack of knowledge of the Word, and of the true character of God, and the condition of this present evil world. All that we see is one day going to be burned up with fervent heat, and all the elements dissolved. He made the world in the beginning out of nothing, and will make a new one!
  • Alex
    Imo God is not gonna destroy this beautiful earth with all her oceans and etc. THE new earth and new heaven is TH new CREATURE.The old earth is our evil Adamic nature, thats what he wants to destroy by his JUDGEMENT WHICH IS THE H.G N FIRE BAPTISM, THERE IN NOTHIN WRONG WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL EARTH,Jesus said out of the HEARTS of man proceeds all manner of EVIL.Thus the need for his baptism of FIRE.
  • John O'Neill
    A Disciple touches on the important overall message from God regarding 2 Peter 3:7:

    3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

  • A disciple
    Dossie; I don't know where that term came from; "The Church Age, or, The Age Of Grace;" but I think a better description would have to include, "The Time Of the Ambassadors of Christ and the Ministry of Reconciliation." The Day of the LORD will be the taking by force of the dominion and rule of the earth, the removing of the wicked, INCLUDING THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS; to set up the kingdom of God.

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