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

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

2 Peter 3:3, ESV: "knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires."

2 Peter 3:3, KJV: "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,"

2 Peter 3:3, NASB: "Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,"

2 Peter 3:3, NLT: "Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires."

2 Peter 3:3, CSB: "Above all, be aware of this: Scoffers will come in the last days scoffing and following their own evil desires,"

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

Jesus himself had warned that false prophets would come and lead many away from the truth (Matthew 24:11). Paul also tied the work of these false teachers to the last days before the return of the Christ (1 Timothy 4:1–3). The New Testament is consistent in describing our era as the last days or end times before Christ returns and is revealed as Lord.

Christians are not defenseless against these false teachers. Peter describes two more things that are true of them: They are scoffers (mocking the return of Christ), and they follow their own evil desires. That is, as Peter wrote in chapter 2, they openly engage in immorality and encourage the Christians to join in with them.

In the next verse, Peter will describe how these false teachers will mock the second coming of Jesus. But first, Peter reminds us that the very existence of these false teachers is a fulfillment of prophecy. Their mocking and scoffing was one of the predictions he mentioned in verse 2.