2 Peter 2:1-9 NIV

False Teachers and Their Destruction

1 But there were also false prophets1 among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.2 They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord 3 who bought them4--bringing swift destruction on themselves.

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2 Many will follow their shameful ways5 and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

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3 In their greed6 these teachers will exploit you7 with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

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4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned,8 but sent them to hell,a putting them into gloomy dungeonsb to be held for judgment;9

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    • a 2:4 - Greek "Tartarus"
    • b 2:4 - Some manuscripts "into chains of darkness"
      5 if he did not spare the ancient world10 when he brought the flood on its ungodly people,11 but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;12

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      6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes,13 and made them an example14 of what is going to happen to the ungodly;15

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      7 and if he rescued Lot,16 a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men17

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      8 (for that righteous man,18 living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)--

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      9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials19 and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment,20 while continuing their punishment.c

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        • c 2:9 - Or "unrighteous for punishment until the day of judgment"