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yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord.
King James Bible
Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
American Standard Version
whereas angels, though greater in might and power, bring not a railing judgment against them before the Lord.
Young's Literal Translation
whereas messengers, in strength and power being greater, do not bear against them before the Lord an evil speaking judgment;
2 Peter 2:11 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whereas angels, etc. - This is a difficult verse, but the meaning seems to be this: The holy angels, who are represented as bringing an account of the actions of the fallen angels before the Lord in judgment, simply state the facts without exaggeration, and without permitting any thing of a bitter, reviling, or railing spirit, to enter into their accusations. See Zechariah 3:1, and Jde 1:9; to the former of which St. Peter evidently alludes. But these persons, not only speak of the actions of men which they conceive to be wrong, but do it with untrue colourings, and the greatest malevolence. Michael, the archangel, treated a damned spirit with courtesy; he only said, The Lord rebuke thee, Satan! but these treat the rulers of God's appointment with disrespect and calumny.
Before the Lord - Παρα Κυριῳ is wanting in a number of MSS. and most of the versions.
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Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening to the voice of his word.
Psalm 104:4 Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Daniel 6:22 My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me...
2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses...
against them. Some read 'against themselves.'
2 Peter 2:11 Parallel CommentariesAccusation Accusations Although Angels Charge Evil Greater Injurious Insulting Judgment Language Messengers Power Powerful Presence Pronounce Railing Reviling Slanderous Speaking Strength Stronger Use Violent WhereasAccusation Accusations Although Angels Charge Evil Greater Injurious Insulting Judgment Language Messengers Power Powerful Presence Pronounce Railing Reviling Slanderous Speaking Strength Stronger Use Violent WhereasTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Mark 7:22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
Jude 1:9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"