2 Peter 1:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Peter 1:14, NIV: because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

2 Peter 1:14, ESV: since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.

2 Peter 1:14, KJV: Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

2 Peter 1:14, NASB: knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

2 Peter 1:14, NLT: For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,

2 Peter 1:14, CSB: since I know that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has indeed made clear to me.

What does 2 Peter 1:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter knew that his earthly life was drawing to a close. Most Bible scholars suggest that this letter was written not long before his death. This explains his encouraging tone in the prior verses. There, he has reminded his readers that they already know all they need to in order to live as Christ intended. They are fixed, established, or set in those truths.

In John 21:15–19, Jesus himself describes to Peter how his life would end. This was shortly after Jesus' resurrection, and part of a difficult conversation. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. This was an echo of Peter's three denials of Christ. Each time, Jesus responded to Peter's assurance that he loved Jesus with a command to care for His sheep.

Jesus told Peter men would lead him where he did not want to go, describing how he would die. He then commanded Peter to "Follow me." Tradition tells us that Peter was crucified, possibly upside down, for his preaching of the gospel. Peter did indeed follow the path of Jesus all the way to the end.