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2 Peter 2:14-22 (New American Standard)

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14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, 1enticing 2unstable souls, having a heart trained in 3greed, 4accursed children; 15 forsaking 5the right way, they have gone astray, having followed 6the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved 7the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, 8for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. 17 These are 9springs without water and mists driven by a storm, 10for whom the ablack darkness has been reserved. 18 For speaking out 11arrogant words of 12vanity they 13entice by fleshly desires, by 14sensuality, those who barely 15escape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for 16by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have 17escaped the defilements of the world by 18the knowledge of the 19Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again 20entangled in them and are overcome, 21the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 22For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from 23the holy commandment 24handed on to them. 22 bIt has happened to them according to the true proverb, "25A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire."
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