2 Peter 2

The Rise of False Prophets

1But 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. 2Many will follow their i  sensuality, and because of them j  the way of the truth will be k  maligned; 3and 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.

4For 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; 5and 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;
6and 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; 7and if He y  rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the z  sensual conduct of aa  unprincipled men 8(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), 9 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,
10and 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. 12But 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,
13suffering 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,
14having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin av  enticing aw  unstable souls, having a heart trained in ax  greed ay  accursed children; 15forsaking 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; 16but 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.

17These are bd  springs without water and mists driven by a storm be  for whom the
Lit blackness of darkness
black darkness has been reserved.
18For 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, 19promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for bl  by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20For 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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