Bible: 2 Pet. 2:1-3:4
The False Teachers’ Ungodly Lifestyle
2:1 But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. 1 These false teachers 2 will 3 infiltrate your midst 4 with destructive heresies, 5 even to the point of 6 denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring 7 swift destruction on themselves. 2:2 And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. 8 Because of these false teachers, 9 the way of truth will be slandered. 10 2:3 And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their 11 condemnation pronounced long ago 12 is not sitting idly by; 13 their 14 destruction is not asleep.
2:4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, 15 but threw them into hell 16 and locked them up 17 in chains 18 in utter darkness, 19 to be kept until the judgment, 2:5 and if he did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, 20 when God 21 brought a flood on an ungodly world, 22 2:6 and if he turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when he condemned them to destruction, 23 having appointed 24 them to serve as an example 25 to future generations of the ungodly, 26 2:7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless 27 men, 28 2:8 (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul 29 by the lawless deeds he saw and heard 30 ) 2:9 – if so, 31 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, 32 and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment 33 at the day of judgment, 2:10 especially those who indulge their fleshly desires 34 and who despise authority.
Brazen and insolent, 35 they are not afraid to insult 36 the glorious ones, 37 2:11 yet even 38 angels, who are much more powerful, 39 do not bring a slanderous 40 judgment against them before the Lord. 41 2:12 But 42 these men, 43 like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed 44 – do not understand whom 45 they are insulting, and consequently 46 in their destruction they will be destroyed, 47 2:13 suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. 48 By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, 49 they are stains and blemishes, indulging 50 in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. 2:14 Their eyes, 51 full of adultery, 52 never stop sinning; 53 they entice 54 unstable people. 55 They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! 56 2:15 By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, 57 who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 58 2:16 yet was rebuked 59 for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, 60 speaking with a human voice, 61 restrained the prophet’s madness). 62
2:17 These men 63 are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness 64 have been reserved. 2:18 For by speaking high-sounding but empty words 65 they are able to entice, 66 with fleshly desires and with debauchery, 67 people 68 who have just escaped 69 from those who reside in error. 70 2:19 Although these false teachers promise 71 such people 72 freedom, they themselves are enslaved to 73 immorality. 74 For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. 75 2:20 For if after they have escaped the filthy things 76 of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 77 they 78 again get entangled in them and succumb to them, 79 their last state has become worse for them than their first. 2:21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. 2:22 They are illustrations of this true proverb: 80 “A dog returns to its own vomit,” 81 and “A sow, after washing herself, 82 wallows in the mire.” 83
The False Teachers’ Denial of the Lord’s Return
3:1 Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written 84 you, in which 85 I am trying to stir up 86 your pure mind by way of reminder: 3:2 I want you to recall 87 both 88 the predictions 89 foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. 90 3:3 Above all, understand this: 91 In the last days blatant scoffers 92 will come, being propelled by their own evil urges 93 3:4 and saying, 94 “Where is his promised return? 95 For ever since 96 our ancestors 97 died, 98 all things have continued as they were 99 from the beginning of creation.”