NASB — 2 Peter 2 — KJV

The Rise of False Prophets

1 But afalse prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be bfalse teachers camong you, who will dsecretly introduce edestructive heresies, even fdenying the gMaster who hbought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their asensuality, and because of them bthe way of the truth will be cmaligned; 3 and in [their] agreed they will bexploit you with cfalse words; dtheir judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

[1] aDt 13:1ff; Jr 6:13 b2Co 11:13 cMt 7:15; 1Ti 4:1 dGa 2:4; Jde 4 e1Co 11:19; Ga 5:20 fJde 4 gRv 6:10 h1Co 6:20
[2] aGn 19:5ff; 2P 2:7, 18; Jde 4 bAc 16:17; 22:4; 24:14 cRo 2:24
[3] a1Ti 6:5; 2P 2:14; Jde 16 b2Co 2:17; 1Th 2:5 cRo 16:18; 2P 1:16 dDt 32:35

4 ¶ For aif God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and bcommitted them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare athe ancient world, but preserved bNoah, a Ipreacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a cflood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and [if] He acondemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing [them] to ashes, having made them an bexample to those who would clive ungodly [lives] thereafter; 7 and [if] He arescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the bsensual conduct of cunprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard [that] arighteous man, while living among them, felt [his] righteous soul tormented day after day by [their] lawless deeds), 9 a[then] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from Itemptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the bday of judgment, 10 and especially those who Iaindulge the flesh in [its] corrupt desires and bdespise authority.

¶ Daring, cself-willed, they do not tremble when they brevile angelic IImajesties, 11 awhereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord. 12 But athese, like unreasoning animals, bborn as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in Ithe destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, 13 suffering wrong as athe wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to brevel in the cdaytime. They are stains and blemishes, breveling in their Ideceptions, as they dcarouse with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, aenticing bunstable souls, having a heart trained in cgreed, daccursed children; 15 forsaking athe right way, they have gone astray, having followed bthe way of Balaam, the [son] of Beor, who loved cthe wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, a[for] a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

[4] aJde 6 bRv 20:1f
[5] IOr herald aEzk 26:20; 2P 3:6 bGn 6:8, 9; 1P 3:20 c2P 3:6
[6] aGn 19:24; Jde 7 bIs 1:9; Mt 10:15; 11:23; Ro 9:29; Jde 7 cJde 15
[7] aGn 19:16, 29 bGn 19:5ff; 2P 2:2, 18; Jde 4 c2P 3:17
[8] aHe 11:4
[9] ILit trial; or temptation a1Co 10:13; Rv 3:10 bMt 10:15; Jde 6
[10] ILit go after IILit glories a2P 3:3; Jde 16, 18 bEx 22:28; Jde 8 cTit 1:7
[11] aJde 9
[12] ILit their destruction also aJde 10 bJr 12:3; Col 2:22
[13] IOne early ms reads love feasts a2P 2:15 bRo 13:13 c1Th 5:7 d1Co 11:21; Jde 12
[14] a2P 2:18 bJm 1:8; 2P 3:16 c2P 2:3 dEp 2:3
[15] aAc 13:10 bNu 22:5, 7; Dt 23:4; Ne 13:2; Jde 11; Rv 2:14 c2P 2:13
[16] aNu 22:21, 23, 28, 30ff

17 ¶ These are asprings without water and mists driven by a storm, bfor whom the Iblack darkness has been reserved. 18 For speaking out aarrogant [words] of bvanity they centice by fleshly desires, by dsensuality, those who barely eescape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for aby what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have aescaped the defilements of the world by bthe knowledge of the cLord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again dentangled in them and are overcome, ethe last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 aFor it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from bthe holy commandment chanded on to them. 22 IIt has happened to them according to the true proverb, “aA DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, [returns] to wallowing in the mire.”

[17] ILit blackness of darkness aJde 12 bJde 13
[18] aJde 16 bEp 4:17 c2P 2:14 d2P 2:2 e2P 1:4; 2:20
[19] aJn 8:34; Ro 6:16
[20] a2P 2:18 b2P 1:2 c2P 1:11; 3:18 d2Ti 2:4 eMt 12:45; Lk 11:26
[21] aEzk 18:24; He 6:4ff; 10:26f; Jm 4:17 bGa 6:2; 1Ti 6:14; 2P 3:2 cJde 3
[22] ILit The thing of the true proverb has happened to them aPv 26:11


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He foretelleth them of false teachers, shewing the impiety and punishment both of them and their followers:

1 ¶ But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 4 For if God 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 spared 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 turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned [them] with an overthrow, making [them] an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

[1] Dt 13:1; 32:6; 1K 18:19; 22:6; Ne 6:12; Is 9:15; 56:10; Jr 14:13; 23:16, 25; 27:14; 28:15; 29:8, 31; 37:19; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:3; Ho 9:8; Mi 2:11; 3:5, 11; Zc 13:3; Mal 3:5; Mt 7:15; 10:33; 24:5, 11, 24; Mk 13:22; Lk 6:26; 12:9; 21:8; Ac 3:13; 20:28, 29; Ro 16:18; 1Co 6:20; 7:23; 11:19; 2Co 11:13; Ga 2:4; 3:13; 4:17; 5:20; Ep 1:7; 4:14; Php 3:19; Col 2:8, 18; 2Th 2:3; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 2:12; 3:1; 4:3; Tit 1:11; 3:10; He 10:29; 1P 1:8; 2P 2:3; 1Jn 2:18, 26; 4:1; Jde 1:4, 18; Rv 2:9, 13; 3:8; 5:9; 13:14.
[2] Ps 18:21; Is 35:8; Jr 6:16; Mt 7:14; 22:16; 24:10, 24; Mk 12:14; 13:22; Jn 14:6; Ac 13:10; 14:2; 16:17; 18:26; 19:9; 24:14; Ro 2:24; 1Ti 5:14; Tit 2:5, 8; 1P 2:12; 2P 2:12, 15, 21; 1Jn 2:18; Jde 1:10, 15; Rv 12:9; 13:8, 14.
[3] Dt 24:17; 32:35; Ps 18:44; 66:3; 81:15; Is 5:19; 30:13; 56:11; 60:22; Jr 6:13; 8:10; Ezk 13:19; Mi 3:11; Hab 3:3; Mal 1:10; Lk 18:8; 20:20; 22:47; Jn 2:16; Ro 16:18; 2Co 2:17; 12:17; 1Th 2:5; 5:3; 1Ti 3:3, 8; 6:5; Tit 1:7, 11; 1P 2:8; 5:2; 2P 1:16; 2:1, 9, 14; Jde 1:4, 7, 11, 15; Rv 18:11.
[4] Dt 29:20; Jb 4:18; 21:30; Ps 78:50; Is 14:12; Ezk 5:11; 7:4, 9; Mt 8:29; 25:41; Mk 5:7; Lk 8:31; 10:18; Jn 8:44; Ro 8:32; 11:21; 2P 2:5, 9, 11; 1Jn 3:8; Jde 1:6, 13; Rv 12:7; 20:2, 10.
[5] Gn 6:1; 7:1; Jb 22:15; Mt 24:37; Lk 17:26; He 11:7; 1P 3:19, 20; 2P 3:6; Jde 1:14.
[6] Gn 19:24, 28; Nu 26:10; Dt 29:23; Is 13:19; Jr 50:40; Ezk 16:49; Ho 11:8; Am 4:11; Zp 2:9; Lk 17:28; 1Co 10:11; Jde 1:7.

from which the godly shall be delivered, as Lot was out of Sodom:

7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed [his] righteous soul from day to day with [their] unlawful deeds;) 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

[7] Gn 13:13; 19:7, 16, 22, 29; Ps 120:5; Jr 9:1; 23:9; 1Co 10:13.
[8] Ps 119:136, 139, 158; Pv 25:26; 28:12; Ezk 9:4, 6; Mal 3:15; 1Ti 1:9; Jm 5:16.
[9] Jb 5:19; 21:30; Ps 4:3; 12:1; 32:6; 34:15; Pv 16:4; Ro 2:5; 1Co 10:13; 2Co 5:10; 2Ti 3:12; Tit 2:14; 2P 2:4; 3:7; Jde 1:14.

and more fully describeth the manners of those profane and blasphemous seducers, whereby they may be the better known, and avoided.

10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [are they], selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. 12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, [as] they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots [they are] and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14 Having eyes full of adultery, 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 Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18 For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if 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 For it had been better for them not to have known the way 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, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

[10] Gn 49:6; Ex 22:28; Nu 15:30; 16:12; Dt 17:12; 21:20; 1S 10:27; 2S 20:1; 1K 12:16; Ps 2:1; 12:4; Ec 10:6, 20; Jr 2:31; Lk 19:14; Ac 23:5; Ro 1:24; 8:1, 4, 12; 13:1; 1Co 6:9; 2Co 10:3; Ep 4:19; 5:5; Col 3:5; 1Th 4:7; Tit 1:7; He 13:4; 1P 2:13; Jde 1:4, 6, 8, 10, 16.
[11] Ps 103:20; 104:4; Dn 6:22; 2Th 1:7; Jde 1:9.
[12] Ps 49:10; 92:6; 94:8; Pv 14:32; Jr 4:22; 5:4; 10:8, 21; 12:3; Ezk 21:31; Jn 8:21; Ga 6:8; 2P 1:4; 2:19; Jde 1:10.
[13] So 4:7; Is 3:11; Ro 2:8; 13:13; 1Co 11:20; Ep 5:27; Php 3:19; 1Th 5:7; 2Ti 4:14; He 2:2; 1P 4:4; Jde 1:12; Rv 18:6.
[14] 2S 11:2; Jb 31:7, 9; Pv 6:25; Is 1:16; 34:5; 65:20; Jr 13:23; Mt 5:28; 12:34; 25:41; Mk 13:22; Jn 5:44; Ro 16:18; 1Co 11:19; Ep 2:3; 4:14; Col 2:18; Jm 1:8; 2P 2:3, 18; 3:16; 1Jn 2:16; Jde 1:11; Rv 12:9.
[15] Nu 22:5, 18, 23, 28; 31:16; Dt 23:4; 1S 12:23; 1K 18:18; 19:10; Pv 28:4; Ezk 9:10; Ho 14:8; Mi 6:5; Ac 1:18; 13:10; Jde 1:11; Rv 2:14.
[16] Nu 22:22; Ec 7:25; 9:3; Ho 9:7; Lk 16:11; Ac 26:11, 24.
[17] Jb 6:14; Jr 14:3; Ho 6:4; Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30; Ep 4:14; 2P 2:4; Jde 1:6, 12, 13.
[18] Ps 52:1; 73:8; Dn 4:30; 11:36; Ac 2:40; 8:9; Ro 13:13; 2Th 2:4; Jm 5:5; 2P 1:4; 2:20; Jde 1:13, 15; Rv 13:5, 11.
[19] Is 28:1; Jr 23:9; Jn 8:34; Ro 6:12, 16; Ga 5:1, 13; 2Ti 2:26; Tit 3:3; 1P 2:16; 2P 2:20.
[20] Nu 24:20; Dt 32:29; Mt 12:43; Lk 11:24; Php 3:19; He 6:4; 10:26; 2P 1:2, 4; 2:18.
[21] Ps 36:3; 125:5; Pv 12:28; 16:31; Ezk 3:20; 18:24; 23:13; Zp 1:6; Mt 11:23; 21:32; Lk 12:47; Jn 9:41; 15:22; Ro 7:12; 1Th 4:2.
[22] Pv 26:11.


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