2 Peter 2

False Prophets and Teachers

1But a  false prophets also arose among the people b  just as there will be false teachers among you, who will c  secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master d  who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth e  will be blasphemed. 3And f  in their greed they will exploit you g  with false words. h  Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

4For if God did not spare i  angels when they sinned, but j  cast them into hell
Greek Tartarus
and committed them to chains
Some manuscripts pits
of gloomy darkness m  to be kept until the judgment;
5if he did not spare the ancient world, but n  preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought o  a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6if by p  turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction q  making them an example of r  what is going to happen to the ungodly;
Some manuscripts an example to those who were to be ungodly
7and t  if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8(for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, u  he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); 9then v  the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,
Or temptations
and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
10and especially x  those who indulge
Greek  who go after the flesh
in the lust of defiling passion and z  despise authority.

Bold and willful, they do not tremble aa  as they blaspheme the glorious ones,
11 ab  whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 12 ac  But these, like irrational animals ad  creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13suffering wrong as ae  the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure af  to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions
Some manuscripts love feasts
while ah  they feast with you.
14They have eyes full of adultery, ai  insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts aj  trained in greed. ak  Accursed children! 15Forsaking the right way al  they have gone astray. They have followed am  the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved an  gain from wrongdoing, 16but was rebuked for his own transgression; ao  a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17 ap  These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. aq  For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18For ar  speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely as  escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them at  freedom, au  but they themselves are slaves
Greek bondservants
of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
20For if aw  after they have escaped the defilements of the world ax  through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome ay  the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21For az  it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from ba  the holy commandment delivered to them. 22What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The bb  dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

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