These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
Comment: It is easy to quickly read a message but sometimes you need to stop and think of what was crossing the author’s mind as he pens his words which you can read in a second or two, but can be expanded out……His series of pictures are like this…
- a wanderer struggling through a desert to a spring which he knows is there – only to find it dried up. As he struggles on he is caught in a tornado!
- They’ve had success in leading people astray only to find hell gaping open before them ready for them to fall in.
- They’ve promised freedom only to find themselves enslaved to corruption.
- It would be better for them if they had never known the meaning of grace and forgiveness than to stand where they are now standing under divine judgement.
- Look he says to them you are bathing in the same filthy mire as the pigs are rolling in and the fine food you are offering your followers (and enjoying yourselves) is nothing but regurgitated dog’s vomit!
I think that he gets his point across.
Prayer: You are indeed a loving God, to speak to us so clearly. Help me to listen. please.
One thought on “2 Peter 2: 17-22….Strong words, indeed!”
Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Strong words indeed from the Apostle Peter who knew what he was writing about. His deep concern for those who have been led astray is expressed in these verses. God bless you.