171These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. 2For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.
For, 3speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely 4escaping from those who live in error.
They promise them 5freedom, 6but they themselves are slavesa of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
For if, 7after they have escaped the defilements of the world 8through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, 9the last state has become worse for them than the first.
For 10it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from 11the holy commandment delivered to them.
What the true proverb says has happened to them: "The 12dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire."