These people are springs without water1 and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.218
For they mouth empty, boastful words3 and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping4 from those who live in error.
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for "people are slaves to whatever has mastered them."520
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing6 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ7 and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.821
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.922
Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit,"a10 and, "A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud."