2 Peter  2

Destructive Doctrines

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

Doom of False Teachers

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

Depravity of False Teachers

12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Deceptions of False Teachers

18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Questions & Answers

  1. What was there among the people? 2 Peter 2:1
  2. What will there be among us? 2 Peter 2:1
  3. How will they bring in destructive heresies? 2 Peter 2:1
  4. Who will they deny? 2 Peter 2:1
  5. What will they bring upon themselves? 2 Peter 2:2
  6. Who will follow their destructive ways? 2 Peter 2:2
  7. Because of them, what will happen to the way of truth? 2 Peter 2:2
  8. What will motivate them to exploit you? 2 Peter 2:3
  9. What will they use to exploit you? 2 Peter 2:3
  10. What had not been idle, and what does not slumber? 2 Peter 2:3
  11. Who did God not spare? 2 Peter 2:4
  12. Where were they cast down to? 2 Peter 2:4
  13. What are they being reserved for? 2 Peter 2:4
  14. Who else did God not spare? 2 Peter 2:5
  15. Who did He save? 2 Peter 2:5
  16. What is Noah called? 2 Peter 2:5
  17. How was the ungodly world destroyed? 2 Peter 2:5
  18. What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah? 2 Peter 2:6
  19. Why did God do this? 2 Peter 2:6
  20. Who did God deliver? 2 Peter 2:7
  21. How was Lot oppressed? 2 Peter 2:7
  22. How was that righteous man Lot tormented? 2 Peter 2:8
  23. What did he see and hear day after day? 2 Peter 2:8
  24. Who is God able to deliver out of temptation? 2 Peter 2:9
  25. What is God reserving the ungodly for? 2 Peter 2:9
  26. How do the ungodly walk? 2 Peter 2:9
  27. How else are they described? 2 Peter 2:10
  28. Although angels are greater in power and might, what do they not do? 2 Peter 2:11
  29. What does Peter compare them to? 2 Peter 2:12
  30. How do they speak? 2 Peter 2:12
  31. In what will they perish? 2 Peter 2:12
  32. What wages will they receive? 2 Peter 2:13
  33. Why do they go carousing in the daytime? 2 Peter 2:13
  34. What do they do while they feast with believers? 2 Peter 2:13
  35. What are their eyes full of? 2 Peter 2:14
  36. Who do they entice? 2 Peter 2:14
  37. What are their hearts trained in? 2 Peter 2:14
  38. What kind of children are they? 2 Peter 2:14
  39. What have they forsaken? 2 Peter 2:15
  40. In going astray, who have they followed? 2 Peter 2:15
  41. What did Balam love? 2 Peter 2:15
  42. Why was Balam rebuked? 2 Peter 2:16
  43. Who spoke to him? 2 Peter 2:16
  44. What did the voice of the donkey do to him? 2 Peter 2:16
  45. How are they like wells? 2 Peter 2:17
  46. How are they like clouds? 2 Peter 2:17
  47. What are they reserved for? 2 Peter 2:17
  48. How long will that blackness of darkness continue? 2 Peter 2:17
  49. What kind of words do they speak? 2 Peter 2:18
  50. Through the lust of the flesh and lewdness, who do they allure? 2 Peter 2:18
  51. What do they promise? 2 Peter 2:19
  52. What are they themselves, slaves of? 2 Peter 2:19
  53. How is a person brought into bondage? 2 Peter 2:19
  54. What happens that makes the latter end worse for them than the beginning? 2 Peter 2:20
  55. What would have been better for them? 2 Peter 2:21
  56. Can people receive the truth, and then turn away? 2 Peter 2:21
  57. When a person turns back to the world, what proverb do they fulfill? 2 Peter 2:22