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.
Many manuscripts "beings in the presence of"
But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.24
They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.25 They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.e26
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing38 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ39 and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.40