New American Standard Bible
Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them 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.
Darby Bible Translation
and many shall follow their dissolute ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed.
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,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And many shall follow their pernicious ways - Margin: "lascivious." A large number of manuscripts and versions read "lascivious" here - ἀσελγείαις aselgeiais - instead of "pernicious" - ἀπωλείαις apōleiais (see Wetstein), and this reading is adopted in the editions of the Greek Testament by Tittman, Griesbach, and Hahn, and it seems probable that this is the correct reading. This will agree well with the account elsewhere given of these teachers, that their doctrines tended to licentiousness, 2 Peter 2:10, 2 Peter 2:14, 2 Peter 2:18-19. It is a very remarkable circumstance, that those who have denied the essential doctrines of the gospel have been so frequently licentious in their own conduct, and have inculcated opinions which tended to licentiousness. Many of the forms of religious error have somehow had a connection with this vice. People who are corrupt at heart often seek to obtain the sanction of religion for their corruptions.
By reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of -
(1) because they were professors of religion, and religion would seem to be held responsible for their conduct; and,
(2) because they were professed teachers of religion, and, by many, would be understood as expounding the true doctrines of the gospel.
LibraryHow those are to be Admonished who Abstain not from the Sins which they Bewail, and those Who, Abstaining from Them, Bewail them Not.
(Admonition 31.) Differently to be admonished are those who lament their transgressions, and yet forsake them not, and those who forsake them, and yet lament them not. For those who lament their transgressions and yet forsake them not are to be admonished to learn to consider anxiously that they cleanse themselves in vain by their weeping, if they wickedly defile themselves in their living, seeing that the end for which they wash themselves in tears is that, when clean, they may return to filth. …
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great
Of Councils and their Authority.
How those are to be Admonished who do not Even Begin Good Things, and those who do not Finish them when Begun.
and they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them."
Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, "These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."
"I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons,
"But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
For "THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU," just as it is written.
2 Peter 2:7
and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men
2 Peter 2:18
For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
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