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2 Peter 2:17-18


2:17 These men 1  are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness 2  have been reserved. 2:18 For by speaking high-sounding but empty words 3  they are able to entice, 4  with fleshly desires and with debauchery, 5  people 6  who have just escaped 7  from those who reside in error. 8 

1 tn Although some translations have simply “these” or “these people,” since in v. 14 they are described as having eyes “full of an adulteress,” men are in view.

2 tn Grk “utter darkness of darkness.” Verse 4 speaks of wicked angels presently in “chains of utter darkness,” while the final fate of the false teachers is a darker place still.

3 tn Grk “high-sounding words of futility.”

4 tn Grk “they entice.”

5 tn Grk “with the lusts of the flesh, with debauchery.”

6 tn Grk “those.”

7 tn Or “those who are barely escaping.”

8 tn Or “deceit.”

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