He warns them against false teachers, and foretells their
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall
be lying teachers among you, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them, bringing upon themselves
2 And many shall follow their luxuries, through whom the way of truth shall
3 And through covetousness with feigned words they shall make merchandise
of you: whose judgment now of a long time ceaseth not, and their perdition slumbereth not.
4 *For if God spared not the Angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn
down with infernal ropes into hell to be tormented, to be reserved unto judgment.
5 And spared not the original world, *but preserved Noe, the eighth person,
a preacher of justice, bringing in the deluge upon the world of the impious.
6 *And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites into
ashes, condemned them to be overthrown; making them an example to those that should after act wickedly:
7 And delivered just Lot, oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation
of the wicked:
8 For in sight and hearing he was just: dwelling among them, who from day
to day tortured the just soul with wicked works.
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation; but to reserve
the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented:
10 And especially them who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness,
and despise authority, audacious, self-willed, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming:
11 Whereas Angels, though they are greater in strength and power, bring
not an execrable judgment against themselves.
12 But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare,
and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not, shall perish in their corruption.
13 Receiving the reward of injustice, counting the delights of a day to
be pleasure; stains and blemishes, flowing in delicacies, rioting in their feasts with you,
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and of never ceasing sin: alluring unstable
souls, having their heart exercised with covetousness, children of malediction:
15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, *having followed the
way of Balaam, of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity:
16 But was rebuked for his insane folly: the dumb beast, subject to the
yoke, *speaking with the voice of man, forbad the folly of the prophet.
17 *These are fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds,
to whom the mist of darkness is reserved.
18 For, speaking proud things of vanity, they allure in the desires of
the flesh of lust, those who escape for a while such as live in error:
19 Promising them liberty, while they themselves are the slaves of corruption:
*for by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave.
20 For if flying from the defilements of the world through the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, *being again entangled in them, they are overcome: *their latter state is become unto
them worse than the former.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice,
than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.
22 For, that of the true proverb hath happened to them: *The dog is returned
to his own vomit, and, the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.
4: Job iv. 18.; Jude i. 6.
5: Genesis vii. 1.
6: Genesis xix. 25.
15: Jude i. 11.
16: Numbers xxii. 28.
17: Jude i. 12.
19: John viii. 34.; Romans vi. 16. and 20.
20: Hebrews vi. 4. --- ** Matthew xii. 45.
22: Proverbs xxvi. 11.