(for that righteous man,1 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 trials2 and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment,3 while continuing their punishment.a10
This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire4 of the sinful natureb and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;511
yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.612
But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.713
They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.8 They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.c914
With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce10 the unstable;11 they are experts in greed12--an accursed brood!1315
They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam14 son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.
But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey--a beast without speech--who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness.1517
These men are springs without water16 and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.1718
For they mouth empty, boastful words18 and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping19 from those who live in error.