1 But there were a also among the people, even as there shall be b c among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that d them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of a shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with a words make merchandise of you: whose b now of a long time lingereth not, and their c slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not the a that sinned, but cast them down to b, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto c;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved a the eighth person, a preacher of b, bringing in the c upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of a and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an b unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just a, b with the c conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, a his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to a the b out of c, and to d the unjust unto the day of e to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that a after the flesh in the b of c, and despise d. e are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as a brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly b in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the a of unrighteousness, as they that count it b to c in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15 Which have a the right b, and are gone c, following the way of d the son of Bosor, who loved the e of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb a speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are a without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the b of c is reserved for ever.
18 For when they a great swelling words of b, they c through the d of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean e from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them a, they themselves are the b of c: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in d.
20 For if after they have a the b of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are c d therein, and e, the latter end is f with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have a the way of b, than, after they have known it, to c from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own a again; and the sow that was b to her wallowing in the mire.