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2 Peter 3:11

    2 Peter 3:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Seeing then that all these things are coming to such an end, what sort of persons is it right for you to be, in all holy behaviour and righteousness,

    Webster's Revision

    Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,

    World English Bible

    Therefore since all these things will be destroyed like this, what kind of people ought you to be in holy living and godliness,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,

    Definitions for 2 Peter 3:11

    Ought - Any one; any thing.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Peter 3:11

    All these things shall be dissolved - They will all be separated, all decomposed; but none of them destroyed. And as they are the original matter out of which God formed the terraqueous globe, consequently they may enter again into the composition of a new system; and therefore the apostle says, 2 Peter 3:13 : we look for new heavens and a new earth - the others being decomposed, a new system is to be formed out of their materials. There is a wonderful philosophic propriety in the words of the apostle in describing this most awful event.

    What manner of persons ought ye to be - Some put the note of interrogation at the end of this clause, and join the remaining part with the 12th verse, thus: Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be? By holy conversation and godliness, expecting and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, etc. Only those who walk in holiness, who live a godly and useful life, can contemplate this most awful time with joy.

    The word σπευδοντας, which we translate hasting unto, should be tendered earnestly desiring, or wishing for; which is a frequent meaning of the word in the best Greek writers.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Peter 3:11

    Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved - Since this is an undoubted truth.

    What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness - In holy conduct and piety. That is, this fact ought to be allowed to exert a deep and abiding influence on us, to induce us to lead holy lives. We should feel that there is nothing permanent on the earth that this is not our abiding home; and that our great interests are in another world. We should be serious, humble, and prayerful; and should make it our great object to be prepared for the solemn scenes through which we are soon to pass. An habitual contemplation of the truth, that all that we see is soon to pass away, would produce a most salutary effect on the mind. It would make us serious. It would repress ambition. It would lead us not to desire to accumulate what must so soon be destroyed. It would prompt us to lay up our treasures in heaven. It would cause us to ask with deep earnestness whether we are prepared for these amazing scenes, should they suddenly burst upon us.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Peter 3:11

    3:11 Seeing then that all these things are dissolved - To the eye of faith it appears as done already. All these things - Mentioned before; all that are included in that scriptural expression, the heavens and the earth; that is, the universe. On the fourth day God made the stars, Gen 1:16, which will be dissolved together with the earth. They are deceived, therefore, who restrain either the history of the creation, or this description of the destruction, of the world to the earth and lower heavens; imagining the stars to be more ancient than the earth, and to survive it. Both the dissolution and renovation are ascribed, not to the one heaven which surrounds the earth, but to the heavens in general, 2Peter 3:10,13, without any restriction or limitation. What persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation - With men. And godliness - Toward your Creator.