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2 Peter 3:3 - Exposition

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, Jud 18. Walking after their own lusts. Self-indulgence often leads to skepticism. This verse is quoted in a homily ascribed to Hippolytus.

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