and specially those who walk after the flesh in [the] lust of uncleanness, and despise lordship. Bold [are they], self-willed; they do not fear speaking injuriously of dignities: a11
when angels, who are greater in might and power, do not bring against them, before the Lord, an injurious charge.
But these, as natural animals without reason, made to be caught and destroyed, b speaking injuriously in things they are ignorant of, shall also perish in their own corruption,
receiving [the] reward of unrighteousness; accounting ephemeral c indulgence pleasure; spots and blemishes, rioting in their own deceits, feasting with you;
having eyes full of adultery, and that cease not from sin, alluring unestablished souls; having a heart practised in covetousness, d children of curse;
having left [the] straight way they have gone astray, having followed in the path of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved [the] reward of unrighteousness;
but had reproof of his own wickedness -- [the] dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the folly of the prophet.
These are springs without water, and mists driven by storm, to whom the gloom of darkness is reserved [for ever].
For [while] speaking great highflown words of vanity, they allure with [the] lusts of [the] flesh, by dissoluteness, those who have just fled those who walk in error,
promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a man is subdued, by e him is he also brought into slavery.
For if after having escaped the pollutions of the world through [the] knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, again entangled, they are subdued by these, their last state is worse than the first.
For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known f [it] to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
But that [word] of the true proverb has happened to them: [The] dog [has] turned back to his own vomit; g and, [The] washed sow to [her] rolling in mud.