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2 Peter 2:12-22 (New American Standard)

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12 But 1these, like unreasoning animals, 2born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in athe destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, 13 suffering wrong as 3the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to 4revel in the 5daytime. They are stains and blemishes, 6reveling in their bdeceptions, as they 7carouse with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, 8enticing 9unstable souls, having a heart trained in 10greed, 11accursed children; 15 forsaking 12the right way, they have gone astray, having followed 13the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved 14the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, 15for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. 17 These are 16springs without water and mists driven by a storm, 17for whom the cblack darkness has been reserved. 18 For speaking out 18arrogant words of 19vanity they 20entice by fleshly desires, by 21sensuality, those who barely 22escape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for 23by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have 24escaped the defilements of the world by 25the knowledge of the 26Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again 27entangled in them and are overcome, 28the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 29For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from 30the holy commandment 31handed on to them. 22 dIt has happened to them according to the true proverb, "32A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire."
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