Bible: 2 Peter 2:12-22

2:12 But 1  these men, 2  like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed 3 do not understand whom 4  they are insulting, and consequently 5  in their destruction they will be destroyed, 6  2:13 suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. 7  By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, 8  they are stains and blemishes, indulging 9  in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. 2:14 Their eyes, 10  full of adultery, 11  never stop sinning; 12  they entice 13  unstable people. 14  They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! 15  2:15 By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, 16  who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 17  2:16 yet was rebuked 18  for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, 19  speaking with a human voice, 20  restrained the prophet’s madness). 21 

2:17 These men 22  are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness 23  have been reserved. 2:18 For by speaking high-sounding but empty words 24  they are able to entice, 25  with fleshly desires and with debauchery, 26  people 27  who have just escaped 28  from those who reside in error. 29  2:19 Although these false teachers promise 30  such people 31  freedom, they themselves are enslaved to 32  immorality. 33  For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. 34  2:20 For if after they have escaped the filthy things 35  of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 36  they 37  again get entangled in them and succumb to them, 38  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: 39 A dog returns to its own vomit,” 40  and “A sow, after washing herself, 41  wallows in the mire.” 42 

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