Be on your guard because false teachers are very deceptive and tempting to follow.

Be on your guard because false teachers are very deceptive and tempting to follow.

BibleGateway: 2 Peter 2:12-22

ESV Text: 2 Peter 2:12-22

2 Peter 2:12–22 (Listen)

12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions,1 while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery,2 insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves3 of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

Footnotes

[1] 2:13 Some manuscripts love feasts

[2] 2:14 Or eyes full of an adulteress

[3] 2:19 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

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KJV Text:

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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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 265 :
Thine Honor Save, O Christ our Lord

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1. Thine honor save, O Christ, our Lord! 
Hear Zion’s cries and help afford; 
Destroy the wiles of mighty foes 
Who now Thy Word and truth oppose. 

2. Their craft and pomp indeed are great, 
And of their power they boast and prate; 
Our hope they scornfully deride 
And deem us nothing in their pride. 

3. Forgive, O Lord, our sins forgive; 
Grant us Thy grace and let us live. 
Convince Thy foes throughout the land 
That godless counsels shall not stand. 

4. That Thou art with us, Lord, proclaim 
And put our enemies to shame; 
Confound them in their haughtiness 
And help Thine own in their distress. 

5. Preserve Thy little flock in peace, 
Nor let Thy boundless mercy cease; 
To all the world let it appear 
That Thy true Church indeed is here. 


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