But 1these, likeunreasoninganimals, 2born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, revilingwhere they havenoknowledge, will in athe destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
suffering wrong as 3the wages of doingwrong. They count it a pleasure to 4revel in the 5daytime. They are stains and blemishes, 6reveling in their bdeceptions, as they 7carouse with you,
14havingeyesfull of adultery that nevercease from sin, 8enticing9unstablesouls, having a hearttrained in 10greed, 11accursedchildren;
15forsaking12the rightway, they have goneastray, having followed13the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, wholoved14the wages of unrighteousness;
but he received a rebuke for his owntransgression, 15for a mutedonkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.
17These are 16springswithoutwater and mistsdriven by a storm, 17for whom the cblackdarkness has been reserved.
For speaking out 18arrogant words of 19vanity they 20entice by fleshlydesires, by 21sensuality, those who barely22escape from the ones who live in error,
19promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for 23by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
For if, after they have 24escaped the defilements of the world by 25the knowledge of the 26Lord and SaviorJesusChrist, they are again27entangled in them and are overcome, 28the last state has becomeworse for them than the first.
2129For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turnaway from 30the holycommandment31handed on to them.
22dIt has happened to them according to the trueproverb, "32A DOGRETURNS TO ITS OWNVOMIT," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire."