III. The Divine Government
A. God's Judgment on the False Teachers
1 1But there arose also afalse prophets among the people, as also among you there will be bfalse teachers, who will 2csecretly bring in destructive 3heresies, even ddenying the 4eMaster who fbought them, bringing upon themselves swift 5destruction.
2 And many will 1follow their alicentiousness, because of whom the 2way of the truth will be breviled.
3 And in acovetousness, with bfabricated cwords, they will dmake merchandise of you, for whom the 1ejudgment 2of old is not idle, and their 3destruction does not slumber.
B. God's Judgment on Both Angels and Men
4 For if God did not spare the 1aangels who sinned but delivered them to gloomy bpits, having cast them down to 2Tartarus, they being ckept 3for 4judgment;
5 And did not spare the ancient aworld but guarded bNoah, a herald of 1crighteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the dungodly;
6 And having reduced to ashes the cities of aSodom and Gomorrah, condemned them to 1ruin, having set them as an bexample to those who intend to 2live an ungodly life,
7 And rescued righteous aLot, who had been oppressed by the blicentious 1manner of life of the 2lawless
8 (For that righteous man, who settled down among them, in seeing and hearing atormented his righteous soul day after day with their lawless works);
9 The Lord knows how to deliver the 1godly out of atrial and how to bkeep the 2unrighteous under punishment 3for the 4cday of 5judgment,
C. The Evils of the False Teachers
and Their Punishment under God's Judgment
10 And especially 1those who go after the flesh in the alust for bdefilement and despise 2lordship. Daring, 3cself-willed, they do not tremble while reviling 4dignities;
11 Whereas 1angels, though they are greater in strength and power, 2do not bring a reviling judgment against 1them before the Lord.
12 But athese, like 1animals 2without reason, born natural 3for capture and 4destruction, reviling in things of which they are ignorant, will also in their corrupting of others be 5destroyed;
13 1Suffering unrighteousness as the 2awages of unrighteousness; considering luxury in the day to be bpleasure; 3cspots and blemishes, reveling in their deceits while dfeasting together with you;
14 Having eyes full of 1aadultery and not bceasing from sin; centicing dunstable souls, having a heart exercised for ecovetousness, fchildren of gcurse.
15 Forsaking the 1straight way, they have agone astray, 2following the way of 3bBalaam, the son of Beor, who loved the cwages of unrighteousness
16 But had reproof for his own transgression: a dumb 1abeast of burden, uttering with a man's voice, restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are 1springs awithout water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the 2bgloom of darkness is kept.
18 For uttering great aswelling words of bvanity, they centice by dlusts of the flesh, with licentiousness, those who are barely eescaping from them who 1live in error;
19 Promising afreedom to them, while they themselves are bslaves of 1corruption; for by whom anyone has been defeated, 2by this one he has been enslaved.
20 For if, having aescaped the bdefilements of the cworld by the dknowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but having again been eentangled in these, they are defeated, the last state has become fworse for them than the first.
21 For it would be better for them not to have known the 1way of righteousness than, knowing it, to aturn back from the bholy commandment delivered to them.
22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb: The 1adog has turned 2to its own vomit, and the washed sow to wallowing in the mud.
D. God's Judgment on the Heretical Mockers
1 This second letter, beloved, I now write to you; in them both I astir up your sincere mind with a breminder,
2 So that you would aremember the 1bwords spoken before by the holy cprophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior preached by your dapostles;
3 Knowing this first, that in the 1alast of days 2bmockers will come with mocking, going on according to their own clusts
4 And saying, aWhere is the 1bpromise of His 2ccoming? For since the dfathers fell easleep, all things continue in this way from the fbeginning of gcreation.
5 For 1this escapes them by their own choosing, that by the 2aword of God the 3bheavens cwere of old and the 3earth was 4compacted out of water and through dwater,
6 Through 1which the 2aworld 3then, being 4bflooded with water, 5cperished.
7 But the aheavens and the earth 1now, by the 2same bword, have been cstored up for 3dfire, being ekept unto the fday of 4judgment and 5gdestruction of 6hungodly men.
8 But do not let this one thing 1escape you, beloved, that with the Lord 2one day is like a thousand years and a athousand years like one day.
9 The Lord 1does not adelay regarding the bpromise, as 2some count 3cdelay, but is 4dlong-suffering toward you, not intending that any 5eperish but that 6fall advance to 7grepentance.
E. God's Judgment on the Heavens
and the Earth
10 But the 1aday of the Lord will 2come as a bthief, in 3which the 4cheavens will pass away with a 5roar, and the 6elements, burning with intense heat, will be 7ddissolved, and the eearth and the 8works in it will be 7burned up.
11 Since 1all these things 2are to be thus dissolved, what kind of persons ought you to be 3in aholy manner of life and bgodliness,
12 1aExpecting and hastening the 2coming of the 3day of God, on account of 4which the heavens, being on bfire, will be dissolved, and the elements, burning with intense heat, are to be melted away?
F. Expectation of the New Heavens and
the New Earth Filled with God's Righteousness
13 But according to His 1apromise we are expecting 2bnew heavens and a new earth, in which 3righteousness 4dwells.
G. Preparation for the Coming Judgment
1. To Be Found by Him in Peace
14 Therefore, abeloved, since you expect these things, be diligent to be 1bfound by Him in cpeace 2without spot and dwithout blemish;
2. To Be Saved from Destruction
15 And 1count the 2along-suffering of our Lord to be 3bsalvation, even as 4also our beloved brother cPaul, according to the dwisdom given to him, wrote to you,
16 As also in 1all his letters, speaking in them concerning 2these things, in which some things are ahard to understand, which the unlearned and bunstable 3twist, as also the 2rest of the cScriptures, to their own 4destruction.