2 Peter 2 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Warning about False Teachers
2 In the past there arose false prophets[a] among God’s people, just as there will continue to be false teachers who will secretly infiltrate in your midst to divide you, bringing with them their destructive heresies.[b] They will even deny the Master, who paid the price for them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow immoral lifestyles.[c] Because of these corrupt false teachers, the way of truth[d] will be slandered. 3 They are only out for themselves,[e] ready to exploit you for their own gain through their cunning arguments. Their condemnation has been a long time coming. But their destruction does not slumber[f] or sit idly by, for it is sure to come.
4 Now, don’t forget, God had no pity for the angels when they sinned[g] but threw them into the lowest, darkest dungeon of gloom[h] and locked them in chains, where they are firmly held until the judgment of torment.[i]
5 And he did not spare the former world[j] in the days of Noah when he sent a flood to destroy a depraved world[k] (although he protected Noah, the preacher of righteousness, along with seven members of his family).[l]
6 And don’t forget that he reduced to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, condemning them to ruin and destruction.[m] God appointed them to be examples as to what is coming to the ungodly.[n] 7 Yet he rescued a righteous man, Lot, suffering the indignity of the unbridled lusts of the lawless.[o] 8 For righteous Lot lived among them day after day, distressed in his righteous soul by the rebellious deeds he saw and heard.
9 If the Lord Yahweh rescued Lot, he knows how to continually rescue the godly from their trials and to reserve the ungodly for punishment on the day of judgment.[p] 10 And this especially applies to those who live their lives despising authorities[q] and who abandon themselves to chasing the depraved lusts of their flesh.
The Arrogance of False Teachers
They are willfully arrogant and insolent, unafraid to insult the glorious ones.[r] 11 Yet even angels, who are greater than they in power and strength, do not dare slander them before the Lord.[s] 12 These individuals are nothing but brute beasts—irrational creatures, born in the wild to be caught and destroyed—and they will perish like beasts. They are professional insulters, who slander whatever they don’t understand, and in their destruction they will be destroyed. 13 For all the evil they have done will come crashing down on them. They consider it their great pleasure to carouse in broad daylight. When they come to your love feasts[t] they are but stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions as they feast with you. 14 They are addicted to adultery, with eyes that are insatiable,[u] with sins that never end. They seduce the vulnerable and are experts in their greed—they are but children of a curse!
The Example of Balaam
15 They have wandered off the main road and have gone astray, because they are prophets who love profit—the wages they earn by wrongdoing. They are following the example of Balaam, son of Beor,[v] 16 who was rebuked for evil by a donkey incapable of speech yet that spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.[w]
17 These people are dried-up riverbeds, waterless clouds pushed along by stormy winds—the deepest darkness of gloom has been prepared for them. 18 They spout off with their grandiose, impressive nonsense. Consumed with the lusts of the flesh, they lure back into sin those who recently escaped from their error. 19 They promise others freedom, yet they themselves are slaves to corruption, for people are slaves to whatever overcomes them.
20 Those who escape the corrupting forces of this world system through the experience of knowing about our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, then go back into entanglement with them and are defeated by them, becoming worse off than they were to start with. 21 It would have been much better for them never to have experienced the way of righteousness than to know it and then turn away from the sacred obligation[x] that was given to them. 22 They become illustrations of the true proverb:
A dog will return to his own vomit[y]