2 Peter 2:2
New International Version
Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

New Living Translation
Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

English Standard Version
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.

Berean Study Bible
Many will follow in their depravity, and because of them the way of truth will be defamed.

Berean Literal Bible
And many will follow after their sensuality, through whom the way of the truth will be maligned.

King James Bible
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

New King James Version
And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

New American Standard Bible
Many will follow their indecent behavior, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

NASB 1995
Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

NASB 1977
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

Amplified Bible
Many will follow their shameful ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned.

Christian Standard Bible
Many will follow their depraved ways, and the way of truth will be maligned because of them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many will follow their unrestrained ways, and the way of truth will be blasphemed because of them.

American Standard Version
And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And many will go after their abominations, because of which, the way of truth will be blasphemed.

Contemporary English Version
Many people will follow their evil ways and cause others to tell lies about the true way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

English Revised Version
And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of.

Good News Translation
Even so, many will follow their immoral ways; and because of what they do, others will speak evil of the Way of truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many people will follow them in their sexual freedom and will cause others to dishonor the way of truth.

International Standard Version
Many people will follow their immoral ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned.

Literal Standard Version
and many will follow out their destructive ways, because of whom the way of the truth will be spoken of [as] evil,

NET Bible
And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

New Heart English Bible
Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result, the way of the truth will be maligned.

Weymouth New Testament
And in their immoral ways they will have many eager disciples, through whom religion will be brought into disrepute.

World English Bible
Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result, the way of the truth will be maligned.

Young's Literal Translation
and many shall follow out their destructive ways, because of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Deliverance from False Prophets
1Now there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow in their depravity, and because of them the way of truth will be defamed. 3In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with deceptive words. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.…

Cross References
Genesis 19:5
They called out to Lot, saying, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Send them out to us so we can have relations with them!"

Acts 16:17
This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation!"

Acts 22:4
I persecuted this Way even to the death, detaining both men and women and throwing them into prison,

Acts 24:14
I do confess to you, however, that I worship the God of our fathers according to the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,

Romans 2:24
As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."

2 Peter 2:7
and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless

2 Peter 2:18
With lofty but empty words, they appeal to the sensual passions of the flesh and entice those who are just escaping from others who live in error.


Treasury of Scripture

And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

many.

Matthew 24:10-13,24
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another…

Mark 13:22
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

1 John 2:18,19
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time…

pernicious ways.

Romans 2:24
For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

1 Timothy 5:14
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Titus 2:5,8
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed…

way.

2 Peter 2:15,21
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; …

Psalm 18:21
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Isaiah 35:8
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

evil.

2 Peter 2:12
But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Acts 14:2
But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

1 Peter 2:12
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.









(2) Many shall follow their pernicious ways.--"Pernicious ways" is a translation of the plural of the word just rendered "destruction." (See fourth Note on 2Peter 2:1.) But here the reading is undoubtedly wrong. The margin has the right reading--lascivious ways (or better, wanton ways)--being the plural of the word translated "wantonness" in 2Peter 2:18. Wiclif has "lecheries;" Rheims "riotousnesses."

The connexion between false doctrine and licentiousness was often real, and is so still in some cases--e.g., Mormonism. But it was often asserted and believed without foundation. Impurity was the common charge to bring against those of a different creed, whether between heathen and Christian or between different divisions of Christians.

By reason of whom.--The many who are led astray are meant, rather than the original seducers. (Comp. Romans 2:24.)

The way of truth.--(See Note on Acts 9:2.) "The way of truth" occurs in Clement of Alexandria (Cohort. ad Gentes, x.), the only near approach to anything in 2 Peter in all the writings of his that have come down to us. This is strong evidence that he did not know the Epistle, especially as references are frequent to 1 Peter, which is sometimes quoted thus: "Peter in his Epistle says" (Strom. iv. 20). . . .

Verse 2. - And many shall follow their pernicious ways; rather, as in the Revised Version, their lascivious doings; the reading represented by the Authorized Version has very little support (comp. Jude 1:4, 8). (For "shall follow" (ἐξακολουθήσουσιν), see note on 2 Peter 1:16.) By reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. The heathen were accustomed to charge Christians with immorality; the conduct of these false teachers gave them occasion; they did not distinguish between these licentious heretics and true Christians. The expression, "way of truth," occurs in the 'Epistle of Barnabas,' chapter 5. Christianity is called "the way" several times in the Acts (Acts 9:2; Acts 19:9, 23, etc.). It is the way of truth, because Christ, who is the Center of his religion, is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; because it is the way of life which is founded on the truth.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Many
πολλοὶ (polloi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4183: Much, many; often.

will follow in
ἐξακολουθήσουσιν (exakolouthēsousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1811: To follow after, imitate. From ek and akoloutheo; to follow out, i.e. to imitate, obey, yield to.

their
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

depravity,
ἀσελγείαις (aselgeiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 766: From a compound of a and a presumed selges; licentiousness.

[and] because of
δι’ (di’)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

[them]
οὓς (hous)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

way
ὁδὸς (hodos)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3598: A way, road, journey, path. Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication, a progress; figuratively, a mode or means.

of
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

truth
ἀληθείας (alētheias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 225: From alethes; truth.

will be defamed.
βλασφημηθήσεται (blasphēmēthēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 987: From blasphemos; to vilify; specially, to speak impiously.


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