2 Peter 2

1The apostle foretelleth the appearance of false teachers, the impiety of them and their followers, and the judgments that would overtake them. 7The godly shall be delivered, as Lot was out of Sodom. 10The wicked principles and manners of these seducers described. 20The mischief of relapsing into sin.

1 But 1there were false prophets also among the people, even as 2there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable 3heresies, even 4denying the Lord 5that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 1And many shall follow their apernicious ways; by reason of whom 2the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 And 1through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: 2whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

4 For if 1God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

5 And 1spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6 And 1turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And 1delivered just Lot, 2vexed with the filthy 3conversation of the wicked:

8 (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, 1vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

9 1The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to 2reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

10 1But chiefly them 2that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise agovernment. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

11 1Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation aagainst them before the Lord.

12 But these, 1as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish 2in their own corruption;

13 1And shall receive 2the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure 3to riot in the day time. 4Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

14 1Having eyes full of aadultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of 1Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

16 1But was rebuked for his iniquity: 2the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

17 1These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom 2the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

18 For 1when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were aclean 2escaped from them who live in error.

19 While they promise them 1liberty, they themselves are 2the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

20 For 1if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21 1For it had been better for them not to have known the 2way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, 1The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.