THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF
False teachers among the saints are damned—Lustful saints shall perish in their own corruption.
there were afalse
prophets also among the people, even as there shall be bfalse cteachers
among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that dbought
them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of atruth
shall be evil spoken of.
And through covetousness shall they with afeigned
words make merchandise of you: whose bjudgment
now of a long time lingereth not, and their cdamnation
For if God spared not the aangels
that sinned, but cast them
down to bhell
, and delivered them
into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto cjudgment
And spared not the old world, but saved aNoah
the eighth person,
a preacher of brighteousness
, bringing in the cflood
upon the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of aSodom
and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them
with an overthrow, making them
unto those that after should live ungodly;
And delivered just aLot
with the cfilthy
conversation of the wicked:
(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, avexed his
righteous soul from day to day with their
Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
But these, as anatural
brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly bperish
in their own corruption;
And shall receive the areward
of unrighteousness, as
they that count it bpleasure
in the day time. Spots they are
and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
Which have aforsaken
the right bway
, and are gone castray
, following the way of dBalaam the son
of Bosor, who loved the ewages
But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb aass
speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
These are awells
without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the bmist
is reserved for ever.
For when they aspeak
great swelling words
, they callure
through the dlusts
of the flesh, through much
wantonness, those that were clean eescaped
from them who live in error.
For if after they have aescaped
of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are cagain dentangled
therein, and eovercome
, the latter end is fworse
with them than the beginning.
For it had been better for them not to have aknown
the way of brighteousness
, than, after they have known it,
from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is
turned to his own avomit
again; and the sow that was bwashed
to her wallowing in the mire.