Amplified Bible

2 Peter 2

The Rise of False Prophets

1But [in those days] false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will subtly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. And in their greed they will exploit you with false arguments and twisted doctrine. Their sentence [of condemnation which God has decreed] from a time long ago is not idle [but is still in force], and their destruction and deepening misery is not asleep [but is on its way].

[a]For if God did not [even] spare angels that sinned, but threw them into [b]hell and sent them to pits of gloom to be kept [there] for judgment; and if He did not spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought [the judgment of] a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous [c]Lot, who was tormented by the immoral conduct of unprincipled and ungodly men (for that just man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by what he saw and heard of their lawless acts), then [in light of the fact that all this is true, be sure that] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and how to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially [d]those who indulge in the corrupt passions of the sin nature, and despise authority.

Presumptuous and reckless, self-willed and arrogant [creatures, despising the majesty of the Lord], they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, 11 whereas even angels who are superior in might and power do not bring a reviling (defaming) accusation against them before the Lord. 12 But these [false teachers], like unreasoning animals, [mere] creatures of instinct, born to be captured and destroyed, reviling things they do not understand, will also perish in their own corruption [in their destroying they will be destroyed], 13 suffering wrong [destined for punishment] as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a delight to revel in the daytime [living luxuriously]. They are stains and blemishes [on mankind], reveling in their [e]deceptions even as they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery, constantly looking for sin, enticing and luring away unstable souls. Having hearts trained in greed, [they are] children of a curse. 15 Abandoning the straight road [that is, the right way to live], they have gone astray; they have followed the way of [the false teacher] Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the reward of wickedness; 16 but he was rebuked for his own transgression: a mute donkey spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17 These [false teachers] are springs without water and mists driven by a tempest, for whom is reserved the gloom of black darkness. 18 For uttering arrogant words of vanity [pompous words disguised to sound scholarly or profound, but meaning nothing and containing no spiritual truth], they beguile and lure using lustful desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error. 19 They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity—for by whatever anyone is defeated and overcome, to that [person, thing, philosophy, or concept] he is continually enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world by [personal] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have [personally] known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to have turned back from the holy commandment [verbally] handed on to them. 22 The thing spoken of in the true proverb has happened to them, “The dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “A sow is washed only to wallow [again] in the mire.”

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Peter 2:4 This verse begins one of the longest sentences in the NT. The sentence concludes in v 10a.
  2. 2 Peter 2:4 For emphasis Peter uses a word (tartarus) from Greek mythology describing a hell reserved for the most horrendous of people to emphasize the terrible doom awaiting false prophets and teachers who manipulate and twist the truth of the gospel message.
  3. 2 Peter 2:7 Lot was the nephew of Abraham and the son of Haran. He traveled with his uncle to Canaan and eventually settled in Sodom because of its proximity to good grazing land for his flocks. Peter presents a side of Lot not easily inferred from the OT account.
  4. 2 Peter 2:10 In the descriptions that follow, Peter may specifically have in mind the false teachers of whom he spoke in vv 1-3.
  5. 2 Peter 2:13 One early ms reads love feasts.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

彼得后书 2

假教师

1以往曾经有假先知在百姓中出现,将来在你们中间也同样会有假教师出现。他们暗地里引进使人沉沦的异端邪说,甚至否认那位买赎他们的主。这些人正迅速地自招灭亡。 许多人会效法他们邪恶无耻的行为,致使真理之道被人毁谤。 他们贪婪成性,想用花言巧语在你们身上谋利。这种人的刑罚自古已经判定,他们很快就会灭亡。

即使天使犯了罪,上帝也没有容忍他们,而是把他们丢在地狱里,囚在幽暗的深坑等候审判。 上帝也没有容忍远古的世代,曾用洪水淹灭了世上不敬虔的恶人,只留下传讲上帝公义的挪亚和他的七位家人。 上帝也审判了所多玛和蛾摩拉,将二城毁灭,烧为灰烬,作为以后不敬虔之人的警戒。 祂只拯救了因恶人的淫乱放荡而忧伤的义人罗得, 因为义人罗得住在他们当中,天天耳闻目睹他们一切无法无天的丑行,他正直的心很痛苦。 上帝知道怎样拯救敬虔的人脱离试炼,把不义的人拘禁在刑罚之下,等候审判的日子, 10 尤其是那些放纵污秽的情欲、轻视权柄的人。他们胆大妄为,肆无忌惮地毁谤有尊荣的。 11 即使力量和权能更大的天使都不敢在主面前用毁谤的话控告有尊荣的。 12 但他们好像没有理性,生下来就是预备让人捉去宰杀的牲畜,连自己不懂的事也随口毁谤。他们在毁坏别人的时候,自己也必灭亡。 13 他们多行不义,必自食恶果。他们喜爱在大白天寻欢作乐,是你们中间的败类和渣滓,一面和你们同席,一面以欺骗为乐。 14 他们眼中充满淫欲,不停地犯罪,引诱那些信心不坚定的人。他们贪婪成性,实在是该受咒诅! 15 他们离弃正道,走入歧途,重蹈比珥之子巴兰先知的覆辙。巴兰贪爱不义之财, 16 因自己的罪而受了责备。不能说话的驴竟然像人一样说起话来,制止了他狂妄的行为。

17 他们如同枯干的水井和被狂风吹散的雾气,有幽幽黑暗留给他们。 18 他们口出狂言,空话连篇,以肉体的邪情私欲为饵,诱惑那些刚刚摆脱了荒谬生活的人。 19 他们应许那些人可以得自由,而自己却做罪恶的奴隶,因为人被什么制服,就被什么奴役。

20 如果他们借着认识我们的主和救主耶稣基督,已经摆脱了世俗的污秽,但后来又被这些事缠住、俘虏了,他们的处境会比以前更糟糕。 21 他们明知道正路,却背弃了传给他们的神圣诫命,这样倒不如不知道的好。 22 俗语说得好:“狗转过身来,吃自己所吐的;猪洗干净了,又回到污泥里去打滚。”这些话正好用在他们身上。