2 Peter 3:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Peter 3:2, NIV: "I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles."

2 Peter 3:2, ESV: "that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,"

2 Peter 3:2, KJV: "That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:"

2 Peter 3:2, NASB: "to remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles."

2 Peter 3:2, NLT: "I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles."

2 Peter 3:2, CSB: "so that you recall the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the command of our Lord and Savior given through your apostles."

What does 2 Peter 3:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Peter said he was writing to stimulate his Christian readers to sincere, or clear-minded and focused thinking. This verse continues that thought: Peter wants them to be thinking clearly for the purpose of remembering two things.

He wants believers to remember the words or predictions of the holy prophets. This refers to God's prophets, sent to Israel in the Old Testament. Also, Peter wants them to remember Jesus' command or teachings made through the apostles. In this way, Peter is giving the same status to Jesus' apostles, which includes himself and the rest of the 12, along with Paul, as to Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.

The point of remembering these things is to keep from being deceived by false teachers. Those who know and understand the truth as revealed by God in the Old Testament and, now, through Jesus' apostles in the New Testament, will not be easily led astray by the lies of the wolves among the flock of God.