1 But 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.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of atruth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with afeigned words make merchandise of you: whose bjudgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their cdamnation slumbereth not.
4 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;
5 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;
6 And turning the cities of aSodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an bensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just aLot, bvexed with the cfilthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, avexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to adeliver the bgodly out of ctemptations, and to dreserve the unjust unto the day of ejudgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that awalk after the flesh in the blust of cuncleanness, and despise dgovernment. ePresumptuous 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 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;
13 And shall receive the areward of unrighteousness, as they that count it bpleasure to criot 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 aforsaken the right bway, and are gone castray, following the way of dBalaam the son of Bosor, who loved the ewages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb aass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are awells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the bmist of cdarkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they aspeak great swelling words of bvanity, they callure through the dlusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean eescaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them aliberty, they themselves are the bservants of ccorruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in dbondage.
20 For if after they have aescaped the bpollutions 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.
21 For it had been better for them not to have aknown the way of brighteousness, than, after they have known it, to cturn 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 avomit again; and the sow that was bwashed to her wallowing in the mire.