Modern Literal Version
[2 Peter 2]

     2:1 But false prophets happened to be also among the people, as false teachers will also be among you*, who will be smuggling in sects of destruction, denying even the Master who bought them, bringing* quick destruction upon themselves. 2:2 And many will be following their unbridled-lusts, because of whom the way of the truth will be blasphemed.2:3 And they will be merchants of you* in their greed with fabricated words; to whom the condemnation from long-ago is not idle, and their destruction will not be slumbering.

     2:4 For* if God did not spare messengers who sinned, but threw them into Tartarus {i.e. hell}and gave them to restraints of blackness, being kept *for judgment; 2:5 and he did not spare the ancient world, but guarded Noah, the eighth person spared, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought* a flood upon the world of ungodly people; {Gen 7:23, 8:1-22}2:6 and he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, with a catastrophe, having incinerated them, having placed themas an example for those who are about to be ungodly; {Gen 19:1-38}2:7 and he rescued righteous Lot, who was being subjugated by the conduct of the immoral in their unbridled-lust 2:8 (for* that righteous man, who was dwelling among them, was tormenting his righteous soul by seeing and in hearing their lawless works day from {i.e. by} day).

      2:9 The Lord knows how to rescue the devout out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous to a day of judgment to be punished; 2:10 and especially those who are conducting-themselves after the flesh in the lust of defilement and while despising lordship. Self-willed daringones who are not trembling when blaspheming heavenly glories; 2:11 where messengers, (though being greater in strength and power), do not bring a blasphemous judgment against them beside the Lord. 2:12But these unrighteous men are like natural unreasoning creatures, having been born *for apprehension and corruption, blaspheming in what they are ignorant of, and they will be utterly corrupted in their corruption. 2:13 They will be getting the wages of unrighteousness; those who are deeming the carousing in the day to be a sensual-delight. They are stains and blemishes, carousing in their own various deceptions, while feasting sumptuously alongside you*, 2:14 having eyes full of an adulteress and an unceasing sin; enticing unstable souls; having a heart which has been exercised from greed; children of the curse; 2:15 having left the straight way. They were misled, having followed in the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved* the wages of unrighteousness; {Num 22:5}2:16 but he had his reproof from his own violation of the law: a voiceless donkey, having spoken in a human voice, forbade the insanity of the prophet.

     2:17 These people are waterless springs and clouds driven by a gale of wind to whom the blackness of darkness has been kept forever. 2:18 For*while speaking flattering-words of futility, they entice (with* the lusts of the flesh to unbridled-lusts) those who really had fled away from those who conduct themselves in error. 2:19While promising them freedom, they themselves are*bondservants of corruption. For* in what anyone has been succumbed, in this, he has also been enslaved. 2:20 For* if, having fled away from the defilements of the world in the full knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and having been again entangled, they are succumbed in these things, the last state has become worse to them than the first. 2:21 For* it was better for them tohave not fully known the way of righteousness, than to turn away from the holy commandment which was given to them after having fully known it. 2:22 But it has befallen to them as the way of the true proverb, 'The dog returned to its own vomit,' and the sow that had fully-washed to a wallowing in the mud. {Prov. 26:11}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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