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2 Peter Chapter 2

2 Peter 2:1
2:1 But {1} there were false prophets also among the {a} people,
    even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily
    shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that
    bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

 (1) As in times past there were two kinds of prophets, the one
     true and the other false, so Peter tells them that there
     will be true and false teachers in the Church, so much so
     that Christ himself will be denied by some, who nonetheless
     will call him redeemer.
    (a) Under the law, while the state and policy of the Jews
        was yet standing.

2 Peter 2:2
2:2 {2} And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason
    of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

 (2) There shall not only be heresies, but also many followers
     of them.

2 Peter 2:3
2:3 {3} And through covetousness shall they with feigned words
    make {b} merchandise of you: {4} whose judgment now of a
    long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

 (3) Covetousness for the most part is a companion of heresy,
     and makes trade in souls.
    (b) They will abuse you, and sell you as they sell cattle in
        an auction.
 (4) Comfort for the godly: God who cast the angels that fell
     away from him, headlong into the darkness of hell, to
     eventually be judged; and who burned Sodom, and saved Lot,
     will deliver his elect from these errors, and will utterly
     destroy those unrighteous.

2 Peter 2:4
2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast
    [them] down to {c} hell, and delivered [them] into {d}
    chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

    (c) So the Greeks called the deep dungeons under the
        earth, which should be appointed to torment the souls of
        the wicked in.
    (d) Bound them with darkness as with chains: and by darkness
        he means that most miserable state of life that is full
        of horror.

2 Peter 2:5
2:5 And spared not the {e} old world, but saved Noah the eighth
    [person], a {f} preacher of righteousness, bringing in the
    flood upon the world of the ungodly;

    (e) Which was before the flood: not that God made a new
        world, but because the world seemed new.
    (f) For one hundred and twenty years, he did not cease to
        warn the wicked both by word and deed, of the wrath of God
        hanging over their heads.

2 Peter 2:8
2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in {g} seeing
    and hearing, {h} vexed [his] righteous soul from day to day
    with [their] unlawful deeds;)

    (g) Whatever way he looked, and turned his ears.
    (h) He had a troubled soul, and being vehemently grieved,
        lived a painful life.

2 Peter 2:9
2:9 The Lord {i} knoweth how to deliver the godly out of
    temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of
    judgment to be punished:

    (i) Has been long practised in saving and delivering the
        righteous.

2 Peter 2:10
2:10 {5} But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust
     of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [are
     they], selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of {k}
     dignities.

 (5) He goes to another type of corrupt men, who nonetheless are
     within the bosom of the Church, who are wickedly given, and
     do seditiously speak evil of the authority of magistrates
     (which the angels themselves that minister before God, do
     not discredit.) A true and accurate description of the Romish
     clergy (as they call it.)
     (k) Princes and great men, be they ever so high in
         authority.

2 Peter 2:12
2:12 {6} But these, as natural brute beasts, {l} made to be
     taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they
     understand not; and shall utterly perish in their {m} own
     corruption;

 {6} An accurate description of the same persons, in which they
     are compared to beasts who are made for destruction, while
     they give themselves to fill their bellies: For there is no
     greater ignorance than is in these men: although they most
     impudently find fault with those things of which they know
     not: and it shall come to pass that they shall destroy
     themselves as beasts with those pleasures with which they
     are delighted, and dishonour and defile the company of the
     godly.
     (l) Made to this end to be a prey to others: So do these
         men willingly cast themselves into Satan's snares.
     (m) Their own wicked conduct shall bring them to
         destruction.

2 Peter 2:13
2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, [as] they
     that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots [they
     are] and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own
     deceivings {n} while they feast with you;

     (n) When by being among the Christians in the holy banquets
         which the Church keeps, they would seem by that to be
         true members of the Church, yet they are indeed but
         blots on the Church.

2 Peter 2:14
2:14 {7} Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease
     from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have
     exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

 (7) He condemns those men, showing even in their behaviour and
     countenance an unmeasurable lust, making trade of the souls
     of vain persons, as men exercised in all the crafts of
     covetousness, to be short, as men that sell themselves for
     money to curse the sons of God in the same way Balaam did,
     whom the dumb beast reproved.

2 Peter 2:17
2:17 {8} These are {o} wells without water, clouds that are
     carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of {p} darkness is
     reserved for ever.

 (8) Another note by which it may be known what manner of men
     they are, because they have inwardly nothing but that which
     is utterly vain or very harmful, although they make a show
     of some great goodness, yet they shall not escape
     unpunished for it, because under pretence of false freedom,
     they draw men into the most miserable slavery of sin.
     (o) Who boast of knowledge and have nothing in them.
     (p) Most gross darkness.

2 Peter 2:18
2:18 For when they speak great {q} swelling [words] of vanity,
     they {r} allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through
     much] wantonness, those that were {s} clean escaped from
     them who live in error.

     (q) They deceive with vain and swelling words.
     (r) They take them, as fish are taken with the hook.
     (s) Unfeignedly and indeed, clean departed from idolatry.

2 Peter 2:20
2:20 {9} For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the
     world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus
     Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the
     latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

 (9) It is better to have never known the way of righteousness,
     than to turn back from it to the old filthiness: and men
     that do so, are compared to dogs and swine.



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