The NASB puts it this way.
A slight difference in the word "come to"* which actually means "hold [to] or contain"(χωρέω). The same greek Lemma is used in: Matt 15:17, 19:11,12, Mark 2:2, John 2:6, 8:37, 21:25, 2 Cor 7:2, 2 Peter 3:9.“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come*[χωρέω] to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NASB95)
A more literal rendering of 2 Peter 3:9 might be:“But He said to them, “Not all men can accept*[χωρέω] this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. “For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept*[χωρέω] this, let him accept*[χωρέω] it.”” (Matthew 19:11–12, NASB95)
“And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room*[χωρέω], not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them.” (Mark 2:2, NASB95)
“Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing*[χωρέω] twenty or thirty gallons each.” (John 2:6, NASB95)
““I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place*[χωρέω] in you.” (John 8:37, NASB95)
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain*[χωρέω] the books that would be written.” (John 21:25, NASB95)
“Make room*[χωρέω] for us in your hearts; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one.” (2 Corinthians 7:2, NASB95)
The reason its important to me is due to the false doctrine/theology in the world. And because it affirms the Shepherd of Hermas' teaching about the true theology/doctrine the early church taught about repentance/reformation/change-of-mind. Also, it lines up with that great prophet, John the Baptist, when he said "Bear fruit in keeping with repentance", although that is mistranslated as well =), it really means in greek "Bear fruit worthy of repentance". Regardless, its not just "coming to repentance" but holding to it, and bearing good fruit, as the Shepherd describes very well, the "Shepherd" of that book being the so-named "angel of repentance", he would know.“The Lord is not slow in regard to the promise, as certain count slowness, but is long-suffering to us, not counselling any to be lost but all to [hold to]*[χωρέω] repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9)
Aside: In Matthew 19:11-12, "accept" which is the greek word "hold to contain", is not the same word used elsewhere as "accept", FYI. Accept/Acceptable is found in 34 verses in the English NASB.
There are four main greek words translated "accept[able]" into the English in the NASB:
- χωρέω - Hold to contain, Matt 19:11-12
δέχομαι (and παραδέχομαι ) - accept, Mark 4:20
λαμβανω - receive, Rom 14:1, [also receive Mark 4:16]
εὐάρεστος - acceptable, pleasing, Rom 12:1-2, [also εὐάρεστος: 2 Cor 5:9 Eph 5:10, Phil 4:18]