But 1false prophets also arose among the people, 2just as there will be false teachers among you, who will 3secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master 4who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth 5will be blasphemed.
And 6in their greed they will exploit you 7with false words. 8Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
For if God did not spare 9angels when they sinned, but 10cast them into hella and committed them to chainsb of gloomy darkness 11to be kept until the judgment;
if he did not spare the ancient world, but 12preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought 13a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
if by 14turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, 15making them an example of 16what is going to happen to the ungodly;c
and 17if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
(for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, 18he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);
then 19the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,d and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
and especially 20those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and 21despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble 22as they blaspheme the glorious ones,