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Second
Peter
Chapter 2
INTRO
King James Version

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;
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:
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.

Ross’ Updated Paraphrase

1 But there were false prophets among the people (Jews) also, even as there
shall be false teachers among you, who privately shall bring in damnable
heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them,and bring upon
themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their evil ways; by whom the way of truth shall be
spoken evil of.
3 And through covetousness they shall with unfeigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment does not now linger long, and their
damnation does not sleep.
4 Because if God did not spare the angels that sinned, but cast them down
to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved to
judgment.
5 And did not spare the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a
preacher of righteousness, bringing the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemning
them by an overthrow, making them an example to those who after should
live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, troubled with the sinful lifestyle of the wicked:
8 (Because that righteous man living among them, seeing and hearing them,
troubled his soul day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve
the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But maily those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and
despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed, they are not afraid to
speak evil of rulers (authority).
11 Wherefore angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring such
scathing accusations against them before the Lord.
12 But these,  like natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed,
speak of the things that they do not understand; and shall completely perish
in their own corruption:
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they who consider it
a pleasure to sin in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, presenting
themselves by their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 having eyes full of adultery, and that connot cease from sin; tricking
unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed
children:
15 who 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 he was rebuked for his iniquity: the mute donkey speaking with a
man’s voice forbid the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried by a storm; to
whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through
the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those who were
completely escaped from those who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they are the servants of corruption
themselves: because of whom a man is overcome, he is brought in bondage
of the same.
20 Because if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through
the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, they are entangled
again in it, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the
beginning.
21 Because it would have been better for them not to have known the way
of righteousness, then, after they have known it, to turn from the holy
commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happening to them according to the true proverb, the dog is
turned to his own vomit again: and the saw that was washed to her
wallowing in the mire.