2 Peter, 2
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.
Peter now warns his readers of the False Prophets who will come in and bring with them Damnable heresies. These men will always be prophets! Because a prophet says that they have new revelation from God. Those who stick to the scriptures are much less prone to errors. Peter describes their career. They make money – lots of it out of their adherents. Peter reminds his readers of the Judgment of God in the Days of Noah and in the Days of Sodom. The Lord is able to deliver the righteous as he delivered Lot from Sodom. He goes on to describe them as men who live after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness. They despise lawful government. They are presumptuous, self-willed, and they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Even angels do not speak ill of others. These men are ‘natural brute beasts’, reserved for judgment, They speak evil of the things that they understand not. They are ignorant. They will perish in their own corruption. He says they are Spots in your feasts. He says they have eyes full of lust for other men’s wives, and they cannot cease from sin. They lead people astray. They are like Balaam who lived for money. They are wells which promise water but they are dry. They are like clouds without rain. They promise great things they allure through the lusts of the flesh. Strangely they promise liberty yet they are the servants of corruption, because what a man is overcome by, he is in bondage to. Those who profess forgiveness, if they have escaped the pollutions, are entangled again in the world their latter end is worse than their beginning. It would have been better for them that they never were cleansed if they are to return to the mire. They are like dogs who eat their own vomit and sows who having been washed return to wallow in the mud. This is the very case of those to whom the letter to the Hebrews is written, they return to Judaism after accepting Christ as their Messiah.