Bible: 2 Peter 2:9-22

2:9 – if so, 1  then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, 2  and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment 3  at the day of judgment, 2:10 especially those who indulge their fleshly desires 4  and who despise authority.

Brazen and insolent, 5  they are not afraid to insult 6  the glorious ones, 7  2:11 yet even 8  angels, who are much more powerful, 9  do not bring a slanderous 10  judgment against them before the Lord. 11  2:12 But 12  these men, 13  like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed 14 do not understand whom 15  they are insulting, and consequently 16  in their destruction they will be destroyed, 17  2:13 suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. 18  By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, 19  they are stains and blemishes, indulging 20  in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. 2:14 Their eyes, 21  full of adultery, 22  never stop sinning; 23  they entice 24  unstable people. 25  They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! 26  2:15 By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, 27  who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 28  2:16 yet was rebuked 29  for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, 30  speaking with a human voice, 31  restrained the prophet’s madness). 32 

2:17 These men 33  are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness 34  have been reserved. 2:18 For by speaking high-sounding but empty words 35  they are able to entice, 36  with fleshly desires and with debauchery, 37  people 38  who have just escaped 39  from those who reside in error. 40  2:19 Although these false teachers promise 41  such people 42  freedom, they themselves are enslaved to 43  immorality. 44  For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. 45  2:20 For if after they have escaped the filthy things 46  of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 47  they 48  again get entangled in them and succumb to them, 49  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: 50 A dog returns to its own vomit,” 51  and “A sow, after washing herself, 52  wallows in the mire.” 53 

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