But there were also false prophets1 among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.2 They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord3 who bought them4--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
Many will follow their shameful ways5 and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
In their greed6 these teachers will exploit you7 with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned,8 but sent them to hell,a putting them into gloomy dungeonsb to be held for judgment;95
if he did not spare the ancient world10 when he brought the flood on its ungodly people,11 but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;126
if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes,13 and made them an example14 of what is going to happen to the ungodly;157
and if he rescued Lot,16 a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men178
(for that righteous man,18 living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)--
if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials19 and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment,20 while continuing their punishment.c10
This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire21 of the sinful natured and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;22