2 Peter 3:3
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New International Version
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

New Living Translation
Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.

English Standard Version
knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.

New American Standard Bible
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,

King James Bible
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
First, be aware of this: Scoffers will come in the last days to scoff, living according to their own desires,

International Standard Version
First of all you must understand this: In the last days mockers will come and, following their own desires, will ridicule us

NET Bible
Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as you knew this first, that in the end of days, scoffers would come who scoff while they walk according to their own lusts,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
First, you must understand this: In the last days people who follow their own desires will appear. These disrespectful people will ridicule [God's promise]

Jubilee Bible 2000
knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts

King James 2000 Bible
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

American King James Version
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

American Standard Version
knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Knowing this first, that in the last days there shall come deceitful scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Darby Bible Translation
knowing this first, that there shall come at [the] close of the days mockers with mocking, walking according to their own lusts,

English Revised Version
knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts,

Webster's Bible Translation
Knowing this first, that there will come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Weymouth New Testament
But, above all, remember that, in the last days, men will come who make a mock at everything--men governed only by their own passions,

World English Bible
knowing this first, that in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts,

Young's Literal Translation
this first knowing, that there shall come in the latter end of the days scoffers, according to their own desires going on,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-4 The purified minds of Christians are to be stirred up, that they may be active and lively in the work of holiness. There will be scoffers in the last days, under the gospel, men who make light of sin, and mock at salvation by Jesus Christ. One very principal article of our faith refers to what only has a promise to rest upon, and scoffers will attack it till our Lord is come. They will not believe that he will come. Because they see no changes, therefore they fear not God, Ps 55:19. What he never has done, they fancy he never can do, or never will do.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers. (For the irregular construction of γινώσκοντες, see Winer, 3:63, 2, a.) St. Peter has the words, "knowing this first," in 2 Peter 1:20, where he is speaking of the interpretation of prophecy; he repeats them now when referring to the scoffers who mocked at the long delay of the Lord's coming foretold by the prophets. (For "the last days," see note on 1 Peter 1:20.) The Revised Version has, "Mockers shall come with mockery." This represents the words ἐν ἐμπαιγμοπνῇ, found in nearly all the best manuscripts, which give emphasis to the expression after the Hebrew manner. The word ἐμπαιγμονή occurs nowhere else in the New Testament, and ἐμπαῖκται, scoffers, only in the parallel passage, Jude 1:18. Walking after their own lusts. Self-indulgence often leads to skepticism. This verse is quoted in a homily ascribed to Hippolytus.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Knowing this first,.... In the first place, principally, and chiefly, and which might easily be known and observed from the writings of the apostles and prophets; see 1 Timothy 4:1;

that there shall come in the last days scoffers, or "mockers"; such as would make a mock at sin, make light of it, plead for it, openly commit it, and glory in it; and scoff at all religion, as the prejudice of education, as an engine of state, a piece of civil policy to keep subjects in awe, as cant, enthusiasm, and madness, as a gloomy melancholy thing, depriving men of true pleasure; and throw out their flouts and jeers at those that are the most religious, for the just, upright man, is commonly by such laughed to scorn, and those that depart from evil make themselves a prey; and particularly at the ministers of the word, for a man that has scarcely so much common sense as to preserve him from the character of an idiot, thinks himself a wit of the age, if he can at any rate break a jest upon a Gospel minister: nor do the Scriptures of truth escape the banter and burlesque of these scoffers; the doctrines of it being foolishness to them, and the commands and ordinances in it being grievous and intolerable to them; yea, to such lengths do those proceed, as to scoff at God himself; at his persons, purposes, providences, and promises; at Jehovah the Father, as the God of nature and providence, and especially as the God and Father of Christ, and of all grace in him; at Jehovah the Son, at his person, as being the Son of God, and truly God, at his office, as Mediator, and at his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, which they trample under foot; and at Jehovah the Spirit, whom they do despite unto, as the spirit of grace, deriding his operations in regeneration and sanctification, as dream and delusion; and, most of all, things to come are the object of their scorn and derision; as the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, a future judgment, the torments of hell, and the joys of heaven; all which they represent as the trifles and juggles of designing men: such as these, according to the prophets and apostles, were to come in "the last days"; either in the days of the Messiah, in the Gospel dispensation, the times between the first and second coming of Christ; for it is a rule with the Jews (s), that wherever the last days are mentioned, the days of the Messiah are intended; see Hebrews 1:1; when the prophets foretold such scoffers should come; or in the last days of the Jewish state, both civil and religious, called "the ends of the world", 1 Corinthians 10:11; a little before the destruction of Jerusalem, when iniquity greatly abounded, Matthew 24:11; or "in the last of the days"; as the words may be rendered; and so answer to , in Isaiah 2:2, and may regard the latter part of the last times; the times of the apostles were the last days, 1 John 2:18; they began then, and will continue to Christ's second coming; when some time before that, it will be a remarkable age for scoffers and scorners; and we have lived to see an innumerable company of them, and these predictions fulfilled; from whence it may be concluded, that the coming of Christ is at hand: these scoffers are further described as

walking after their own lusts; either after the carnal reasonings of their minds, admitting of nothing but what they can comprehend by reason, making that the rule, test, and standard of all their principles, and so cast away the law of the Lord, and despise the word of the Holy One of Israel; or rather, after their sinful and fleshly lusts, making them their guides and governors, and giving up themselves entirely to them, to obey and fulfil them; the phrase denotes a continued series of sinning, a progress in it, a desire after it, and pleasure in it, and an obstinate persisting in it; scoffers at religion and revelation are generally libertines; and such as sit in the seat of the scornful, are in the counsel of the ungodly, and way of sinners, Psalm 1:1.

(s) Kimchi in Isa. ii. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Knowing this first—from the word of the apostles.

shall come—Their very scoffing shall confirm the truth of the prediction.

scoffers—The oldest manuscripts and Vulgate add, "(scoffers) in (that is, 'with') scoffing." As Re 14:2, "harping with harps."

walking after their own lusts—(2Pe 2:10; Jude 16, 18). Their own pleasure is their sole law, unrestrained by reverence for God.

2 Peter 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Coming Judgment
2that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. 3Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4and 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."…
Cross References
John 12:48
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

Hebrews 1:2
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

2 Peter 1:20
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things.

2 Peter 2:10
This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;

Jude 1:18
They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires."
Treasury of Scripture

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

that there.

1 Timothy 4:1,2 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that …

Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, …

scoffers.

Proverbs 1:22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners …

Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to …

Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see …

Isaiah 28:14 Why hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people …

Isaiah 29:20 For the terrible one is brought to nothing, and the scorner is consumed, …

Hosea 7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles …

walking.

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

Jude 1:16,18 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; …

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