For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell a and committed them to chains b of deepest darkness to be kept until the judgment;
and if he did not spare the ancient world, even though he saved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood on a world of the ungodly;
and if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction c and made them an example of what is coming to the ungodly; d7
and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the lawless
(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by their lawless deeds that he saw and heard),
then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment
—especially those who indulge their flesh in depraved lust, and who despise authority. Bold and willful, they are not afraid to slander the glorious ones, e11
whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not bring against them a slanderous judgment from the Lord. f12
These people, however, are like irrational animals, mere creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed. They slander what they do not understand, and when those creatures are destroyed, g they also will be destroyed,
suffering h the penalty for doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their dissipation i while they feast with you.
They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
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