2 Peter 2

The Rise of False Prophets

But a false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be b false teachers c among you, who will d secretly introduce e destructive heresies, even f denying the g Master who h bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their i sensuality, and because of them j the way of the truth will be k maligned; and in their l greed they will m exploit you with n false words; o their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

For p if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and q committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare r the ancient world, but preserved s Noah, a
Or herald
preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a u flood upon the world of the ungodly;
and if He v condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an w example to those who would x live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He y rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the z sensual conduct of aa unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that ab righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), ac  then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from
Lit trial; or temptation
temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the ae day of judgment,
10 and especially those who
Lit go after
ag indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and ah despise authority.

Daring ai self-willed, they do not tremble when they aj revile angelic
Lit glories
11  al whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord. 12 But am these, like unreasoning animals, an born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in
Lit their destruction also
the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
13 suffering wrong as ap the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to aq revel in the ar daytime. They are stains and blemishes as reveling in their
One early ms reads love feasts
deceptions, as they au carouse with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin av enticing aw unstable souls, having a heart trained in ax greed ay accursed children; 15 forsaking az the right way, they have gone astray, having followed ba the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved bb the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression bc  for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

17 These are bd springs without water and mists driven by a storm be for whom the
Lit blackness of darkness
black darkness has been reserved.
18 For speaking out bg arrogant words of bh vanity they bi entice by fleshly desires, by bj sensuality, those who barely bk escape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for bl by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have bm escaped the defilements of the world by bn the knowledge of the bo Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again bp entangled in them and are overcome bq the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21  br For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from bs the holy commandment bt handed on to them. 22 
Lit The thing of the true proverb has happened to them
It has happened to them according to the true proverb bv “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
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