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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Second Epistle of Peter

Chiastic Structure and Concentric Structure and Parallel of each pericope

[1]The Christian's call and election  (2 Pet 1:1-11)
  A(1:1-2)  1:1 to those who have received a faith of equal value to ours through the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ (1:1)   (σωτῆρος)
    B(1:3-4)    1:3 through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power.(1:3)   (ἐπιγνώσεως)
      C(1:5-7)      Exhortation
    B'(1:8-9)    1:8 in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1:8)   (ἐπίγνωσιν)
  A'(1:10-11)  1:11 For, in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you. (1:11)"   (σωτῆρος)
   A: The savior. B: To know. C: Exhortation.

[2]Eyewitnesses of Christ's glory  (2 Pet 1:12-21)
  A(1:12-15)  1:15 I shall also make every effort to enable you always to remember these things after my departure. (1:15)
    B(1:16-18)    1:17 This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased (1:17)
  A'(1:19-21)  1:19 You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place (1:19)
   A: To remember. B: The Son of God.

[3]Warning about false prophets  (2 Pet 2:1-12)
  A(2:1-3)  2:3 from of old their condemnation has not been idle and their destruction does not sleep. (2:3)
    B(2:4)    2:4 For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and handed them over to be kept for judgment (2:4)"   (τηρουμένους)
      C(2:5)      2:5 he preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness (2:5)
        D(2:6)        2:6 he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (2:6)
      C'(2:7-8)      2:7 he rescued Lot, a righteous man (2:7)
    B'(2:9)    2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the devout from trial and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, (2:9)"   (τηρεῖν)
  A'(2:10-12)  2:12 But these people, like irrational animals born by nature for capture and destruction, revile things that they do not understand, and in their destruction they will also be destroyed, (2:12)
   A: Destruction. B: Imprisonment. C: Rescue. D: Punishment.

[4]Criticism to antagonists  (2 Pet 2:13-22)
  A(2:13-16)  2:13 suffering wrong as payment for wrongdoing (2:13)   (ἀδικούμενοι)
    B(2:17-19)    2:18 they seduce with licentious desires of the flesh those who have barely escaped from people who live in error.(2:18)
  A'(2:20-22)  2:21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment handed down to them.(2:21)   (δικαιοσύνης)
   A: Rewards of wrongdoing. B: Temptations.

[5]The promise of the Lord's coming  (2 Pet 3:1-18)
  A(3:1-2)  3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you (3:1)"   (ἐπιστολήν)
    B(3:3-4)    3:4 Where is the promise of his coming? (3:4)   (παρουσίας)
      C(3:5-7)      3:7 The present heavens and earth have been reserved by the same word for fire, kept for the day of judgment and of destruction of the godless. (3:7)"   (οὐρανοὶ, γῆ)
        D(3:8-9)        3:9 The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard "delay," (3:9)
      C'(3:10-11)      3:10 the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out (3:10)"   (οὐρανοὶ, γῆ)
    B'(3:12-13)    3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God (3:12)   (παρουσίαν)
  A'(3:14-18)  3:16 speaking of these things as he does in all his letters (3:16)   (ἐπιστολαῖς)
   A: Letters. B: The coming of the day of God. C: Destruction of heaven and earth. D: The Lord does not delay his promise.

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