2 Peter 2:4-10
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness…
1. He "delivered them": but into whose hands? Indeed, He delivers guilty mortals into the hands of guilty angels (Matthew 18:34; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Timothy 1:20). Some answer, that themselves are the instruments to torture themselves. After a sort, every transgressor is his own tormentor; and wickedness is a vexation to itself. Ambition racks the aspiring; envy eats the marrow of his bones that envieth; the covetousness which would be most rich, keeps the affected with it most poor; sobriety begets the headache; lust afflicts the body that nourishes it; and we say of the prodigal, he is no man's foe but his own.
2. "Into chains of darkness." Into darkness — there is their misery; into chains — there is their slavery.
(1) Darkness signifies the wrath of God, and is opposed to that favour of His which is called the light of His countenance (Psalm 4:6).
(a) The power of Divine justice.
(b) The guiltiness of their own conscience.
Parallel VersesKJV: For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;