Bible: 2 Peter 2

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 

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