2 Pet 1:1-3:18
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- 2 Pet 1:4: Partakers. The Greek word translated as "partakers" in verse 4 is koinonos, which means "partner," "associate," "companion," or "one who shares." It is closely related to the Greek word koinoneia, which is usually translated as "fellowship." As examples of its translation in the King James Version, koinonos is translated as "partners" in Luke 5:10 and "companions" in Hebrews 10:33.
- 2 Pet 1:5-7: Polysyndeton. Verses 5-7 use a figure of speech called a Polysyndeton, which means, essentially, many conjunctions, in this case, the repetition of the word "and" at the beginning of the successive clauses. The passage also exhibits both a Climax of Words and an upward (anabasis) Climax of Rhetoric:
- Add to your faith
- virtue; and to
- knowledge; and to
- temperance; and to
- patience; and to
- godliness; and to
- brotherly kindness; and to
- brotherly kindness, charity.
- 2 Pet 2: Relation to Jude. Chapter 2 of Second Peter and Jude are very similar, one of them apparently being derived from the other.
- 2 Pet 3:16: Wrest. "Wrest" comes from the Greek word strebloo. It means here to interpret the scriptures in a tortured or false sense.
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- Amplified • The Amplified Bible, 1987 update
- NASB • New American Standard Bible, 1995 update
- NIV • New International Version
- NRSV • New Revised Standard Version
- RSV • Revised Standard Version
Joseph Smith Translation
The Joseph Smith Translation made changes to the following verses in Second Peter. This list is complete:
- 2 Pet 1:10, 19-20
- 2 Pet 2:1, 3, 19
- 2 Pet 3:1-13, 15-18
- Wayment, Thomas A., ed. The Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 2005. (ISBN 1590384393) BX8630 .A2 2005.
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- Wayment, The Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament, p. 308-11.
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