Bold and wilful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
Comment: That is powerful language! Peter pulls no punches, read it slowly again, aloud and with all the emphasis you can imagine Peter writing it. These evil people seeking to lead the humble believers into error, have no respect for the unseen world but are fixed in the present world. With behaviour almost indistinguishable from wild animals of the forest, they are deceitful, lascivious, seeking to lead the early church from a search for holiness into the the gratification of the pleasures of sinning. He uses strong and insulting words to describe them (eg blots and blemishes) and forewarns them of their future. Even a donkey if it spoke to them would condemn them!
Prayer: Please make me aware of the end to which listening to falsehood can lead me.