2 Peter: Outline of Contents

I. Letter opening (1:1–2)

II. Patron’s benefaction and client’s response (1:3–11)

III. Fictive occasion of the letter (1:12–15)

IV. First apology: defense of prophecy (1:16–21)

V. Second apology: defense of divine judgment (2:1–10a)

VI. Shame on the opponents (2:10b–22)

VII. Third apology: defense of the end of the world (3:1–7)

VIII. Fourth apology: defense of “delay” as gift (3:8–10)

IX. Moral consequences of this doctrine (3:11–14)

X. Even Paul agrees (3:15–16)

XI. Letter conclusion (3:17–18)

Courtesy of HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, ed. Mark Allan Powell (New York: HarperCollins, 2011), 786.