2 Peter 2:2
New International Version
Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

New Living Translation
Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

English Standard Version
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.

Berean Study Bible
Many will follow in their depravity, and because of them the way of truth will be defamed.

Berean Literal Bible
And many will follow after their sensuality, through whom the way of the truth will be maligned.

New American Standard Bible
Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

King James Bible
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Christian Standard Bible
Many will follow their depraved ways, and the way of truth will be maligned because of them.

Contemporary English Version
Many people will follow their evil ways and cause others to tell lies about the true way.

Good News Translation
Even so, many will follow their immoral ways; and because of what they do, others will speak evil of the Way of truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many will follow their unrestrained ways, and the way of truth will be blasphemed because of them.

International Standard Version
Many people will follow their immoral ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned.

NET Bible
And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

New Heart English Bible
Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result, the way of the truth will be maligned.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And many will go after their abominations, because of which, the way of truth will be blasphemed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many people will follow them in their sexual freedom and will cause others to dishonor the way of truth.

New American Standard 1977
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be blasphemed;

King James 2000 Bible
And many shall follow their shameful ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

American King James Version
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

American Standard Version
And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Darby Bible Translation
and many shall follow their dissolute ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed.

English Revised Version
And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of.

Webster's Bible Translation
And many will follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth will be evil spoken of.

Weymouth New Testament
And in their immoral ways they will have many eager disciples, through whom religion will be brought into disrepute.

World English Bible
Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result, the way of the truth will be maligned.

Young's Literal Translation
and many shall follow out their destructive ways, because of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of,
Study Bible
Deliverance from False Prophets
1Now there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies that even deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow in their depravity, and because of them the way of truth will be defamed. 3In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with tales they have concocted. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.…
Cross References
Genesis 19:5
They called out to Lot, saying, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Send them out to us so we can have relations with them!"

Acts 16:17
This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

Acts 22:4
I persecuted this Way even to the death, detaining both men and women and throwing them into prison,

Acts 24:14
I do confess to you, however, that I worship the God of our fathers according to the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,

Romans 2:24
As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."

2 Peter 2:7
and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless

2 Peter 2:18
With lofty but empty words, they appeal to the sensual passions of the flesh and entice those who are just escaping from others who live in error.

Jude 1:4
For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed--ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:7
In like manner, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, who indulged in sexual immorality and pursued strange flesh, are on display as an example of those who sustain the punishment of eternal fire.

Treasury of Scripture

And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

many.

Matthew 24:10-13,24
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another…

Mark 13:22
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

1 John 2:18,19
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time…

pernicious ways.

Romans 2:24
For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

1 Timothy 5:14
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Titus 2:5,8
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed…

way.

2 Peter 2:15,21
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; …

Psalm 18:21
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Isaiah 35:8
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

evil.

2 Peter 2:12
But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Acts 14:2
But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

1 Peter 2:12
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.







Lexicon
Many
πολλοὶ (polloi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.

will follow in
ἐξακολουθήσουσιν (exakolouthēsousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1811: To follow after, imitate. From ek and akoloutheo; to follow out, i.e. to imitate, obey, yield to.

their
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

depravity,
ἀσελγείαις (aselgeiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 766: From a compound of a and a presumed selges; licentiousness.

[and] because of
δι’ (di’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

[them]
οὓς (hous)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

way
ὁδὸς (hodos)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3598: A way, road, journey, path. Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication, a progress; figuratively, a mode or means.

of
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

truth
ἀληθείας (alētheias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 225: From alethes; truth.

will be defamed.
βλασφημηθήσεται (blasphēmēthēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 987: From blasphemos; to vilify; specially, to speak impiously.
(2) Many shall follow their pernicious ways.--"Pernicious ways" is a translation of the plural of the word just rendered "destruction." (See fourth Note on 2Peter 2:1.) But here the reading is undoubtedly wrong. The margin has the right reading--lascivious ways (or better, wanton ways)--being the plural of the word translated "wantonness" in 2Peter 2:18. Wiclif has "lecheries;" Rheims "riotousnesses."

The connexion between false doctrine and licentiousness was often real, and is so still in some cases--e.g., Mormonism. But it was often asserted and believed without foundation. Impurity was the common charge to bring against those of a different creed, whether between heathen and Christian or between different divisions of Christians.

By reason of whom.--The many who are led astray are meant, rather than the original seducers. (Comp. Romans 2:24.)

The way of truth.--(See Note on Acts 9:2.) "The way of truth" occurs in Clement of Alexandria (Cohort. ad Gentes, x.), the only near approach to anything in 2 Peter in all the writings of his that have come down to us. This is strong evidence that he did not know the Epistle, especially as references are frequent to 1 Peter, which is sometimes quoted thus: "Peter in his Epistle says" (Strom. iv. 20).

Shall be evil spoken of.--By the heathen, who will judge of the way of truth by the evil lives of the many who have really been seduced from it, though they profess still to follow it. In the homily commonly called the Second Epistle of Clement (13) there is a remarkable amplification of this statement. Our Epistle was probably known to the writer of the homily, who to a considerable extent preaches against similar evils.

Verse 2. - And many shall follow their pernicious ways; rather, as in the Revised Version, their lascivious doings; the reading represented by the Authorized Version has very little support (comp. Jude 1:4, 8). (For "shall follow" (ἐξακολουθήσουσιν), see note on 2 Peter 1:16.) By reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. The heathen were accustomed to charge Christians with immorality; the conduct of these false teachers gave them occasion; they did not distinguish between these licentious heretics and true Christians. The expression, "way of truth," occurs in the 'Epistle of Barnabas,' chapter 5. Christianity is called "the way" several times in the Acts (Acts 9:2; Acts 19:9, 23, etc.). It is the way of truth, because Christ, who is the Center of his religion, is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; because it is the way of life which is founded on the truth. 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.
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