2 Peter 2:9
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New International Version
if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

New Living Translation
So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.

English Standard Version
then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

New American Standard Bible
then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

King James Bible
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

International Standard Version
then the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials and to hold unrighteous people for punishment on the day of judgment,

NET Bible
--if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
THE LORD JEHOVAH knows to deliver from suffering those who reverence him, but he keeps the evil for the day of judgment while they are being tormented,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since the Lord did all this, he knows how to rescue godly people when they are tested. He also knows how to hold immoral people for punishment on the day of judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished;

King James 2000 Bible
The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

American King James Version
The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:

American Standard Version
the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment unto the day of judgment;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly from temptation, but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented.

Darby Bible Translation
[the] Lord knows [how] to deliver the godly out of trial, and to keep [the] unjust to [the] day of judgment [to be] punished;

English Revised Version
the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment unto the day of judgment;

Webster's Bible Translation
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:

Weymouth New Testament
Since all this is so, the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from temptation, and on the other hand how to keep the unrighteous under punishment in readiness for the Day of Judgement,

World English Bible
the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment;

Young's Literal Translation
The Lord hath known to rescue pious ones out of temptation, and unrighteous ones to a day of judgment, being punished, to keep,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-9 Though the way of error is a hurtful way, many are always ready to walk therein. Let us take care we give no occasion to the enemy to blaspheme the holy name whereby we are called, or to speak evil of the way of salvation by Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. These seducers used feigned words, they deceived the hearts of their followers. Such are condemned already, and the wrath of God abides upon them. God's usual method of proceeding is shown by examples. Angels were cast down from all their glory and dignity, for their disobedience. If creatures sin, even in heaven, they must suffer in hell. Sin is the work of darkness, and darkness is the wages of sin. See how God dealt with the old world. The number of offenders no more procures favour, than their quality. If the sin be universal, the punishment shall likewise extend to all. If in a fruitful soil the people abound in sin, God can at once turn a fruitful land into barrenness, and a well-watered country into ashes. No plans or politics can keep off judgments from a sinful people. He who keeps fire and water from hurting his people, Isa 43:2, can make either destroy his enemies; they are never safe. When God sends destruction on the ungodly, he commands deliverance for the righteous. In bad company we cannot but get either guilt or grief. Let the sins of others be troubles to us. Yet it is possible for the children of the Lord, living among the most profane, to retain their integrity; there being more power in the grace of Christ, and his dwelling in them, than in the temptations of Satan, or the example of the wicked, with all their terrors or allurements. In our intentions and inclinations to commit sin, we meet with strange hinderances, if we mark them When we intend mischief, God sends many stops to hinder us, as if to say, Take heed what you do. His wisdom and power will surely effect the purposes of his love, and the engagements of his truth; while wicked men often escape suffering here, because they are kept to the day of judgment, to be punished with the devil and his angels.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. We have here the apodosis corresponding with the conditional sentence beginning at verse 4. The three examples cited by St. Peter show that the Lord knows (and with the Lord knowledge involves power) how to deliver the righteous and to punish the wicked. The Greek words for "godly" and "unjust" are both without the article. The word rendered "to be punished" (καλαζομένους) is a present participle, not future, and is better rendered, as in the Revised Version, "under punishment." The wicked are already under punishment while awaiting the judgment; the Lord had taught this in the parable of Dives and Lazarus (comp. also Jude 1:6, 7, and verse 4 of this chapter). Aristotle makes a distinction between κόλασις and τιμωρία, the first being "chastisement inflicted for the good of those chastised;" the second, "punishment inflicted on the incorrigible for the satisfaction of justice" (see 'Rhet.,' 1:10); but it is doubtful whether this distinction exists in the New Testament (comp. Matthew 25:46). Therefore it seems dangerous to lay much stress on the use of the word κολαζομένους here (comp. Clement, I, 11.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That "fear him", as the Syriac version renders it; or that "rightly worship", as the Arabic; such as Noah and Lot, men that know God in Christ spiritually and experimentally; that believe in him, love him, fear him, worship him in spirit and truth, and live soberly, righteously, and godly. This verse is a conclusion from the preceding instances and examples, respecting both the mercy and justice of God; the mercy of God in delivering the godly and righteous "out of temptations"; by which are meant, not the temptations of Satan to sin, distrust, and despondency, though the Lord knows how, and is both able and willing to, and does deliver them from them; but afflictions and tribulations, such as Noah and Lot were exposed to; and which are so called, because they try the graces, particularly the faith and patience of the godly; and to deliver from these is the Lord's work: he grants his presence in them; he supports under them; he sanctifies them to them, and in his own time delivers out of them; for he knows how, and by what means, and when to do it, and is both able and willing: he has determined to do it, for the nature, measure, and duration of afflictions are fixed by him, and in his providence he does do it, as the instances before given prove.

And to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. This is that part of the conclusion from the above premises, respecting the justice of God; and by "the unjust" are designed, persons without a righteousness, and that are full of all unrighteousness, and take pleasure in it, and live unrighteous lives, committing acts of injustice, both with respect to God and men; and the Lord, that has reserved the fallen angels in chains of darkness unto judgment, knows how to reserve "in prison", as the Arabic version renders it, the souls of those in hell, and their bodies in the grave "unto the day of judgment"; of the last and general judgment, when Christ shall judge both quick and dead, and bring every secret thing to light, which that day shall declare, God has appointed to judge the world in; in order "to be punished" in soul and body, with everlasting and complete destruction, which, as yet, is not. This phrase, "the day of judgment", is used in Judith and is a Jewish one.

"Woe to the nations that rise up against my kindred! the Lord Almighty will take vengeance of them in the day of judgment, in putting fire and worms in their flesh; and they shall feel them, and weep for ever.'' (Judith 16:17)

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. knoweth how—He is at no loss for means, even when men see no escape.

out of—not actually from.

temptations—trials.

to be punished—Greek, "being punished": as the fallen angels (2Pe 2:4), actually under sentence, and awaiting its final execution. Sin is already its own penalty; hell will be its full development.

2 Peter 2:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Godly will Be Delivered
8(for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,
Cross References
Job 21:30
that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity, that they are delivered from the day of wrath?

Psalm 37:33
but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

Proverbs 12:13
Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.

Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

Matthew 10:15
Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Jude 1:6
And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling--these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

Revelation 3:10
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
Treasury of Scripture

The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:

knoweth.

Job 5:19 He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no …

Psalm 34:15-19 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry…

1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but …

the godly.

Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: …

Psalm 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from …

Psalm 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray to you in a time when …

2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

and.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down …

Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall …

Proverbs 16:4 The LORD has made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for …

Jude 1:14,15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, …

unto.

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are …

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

2 Corinthians 5:10,11 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

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