But 1falseprophetsalsoaroseamong the people, just as there will also be 2falseteachers3among you, who will 4secretlyintroduce5destructiveheresies, even6denying the 7Master who 8bought them, bringingswiftdestruction upon themselves.
2Many will follow their 9sensuality, and because of them 10the way of the truth will be 11maligned;
and in their 12greed they will 13exploit you with 14falsewords; 15their judgment from longago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
For 16ifGod did not spareangels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and 17committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;
and did not spare18the ancientworld, but preserved19Noah, a apreacher of righteousness, with sevenothers, when He brought a 20flood upon the world of the ungodly;
and if He 21condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an 22example to those who would23liveungodly lives thereafter;
and if He 24rescuedrighteousLot, oppressed by the 25sensualconduct of 26unprincipledmen8
(for by what he saw and heard that 27righteousman, while livingamong them, felt his righteoussoultormenteddayafterday by their lawlessdeeds ),
928then the Lordknowshow to rescue the godly from btemptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the 29day of judgment,