2 Peter 2:21
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New International Version
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.


New American Standard Bible
For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.


King James Bible
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy command delivered to them.


International Standard Version
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and turn their backs on the holy commandment that was committed to them.


American Standard Version
For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them.


Douay-Rheims Bible
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.


Darby Bible Translation
For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.


Young's Literal Translation
for it were better to them not to have acknowledged the way of the righteousness, than having acknowledged it, to turn back from the holy command delivered to them,
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Context
Profane and Blasphemous Seducers

10But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 11Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. 12But 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; 13And 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 while they feast with you; 14Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbade the madness of the prophet. 17These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Cross References
Psalm 85:8
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.


Ezekiel 18:24
But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die.


Ezekiel 33:13
When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he has committed, he shall die for it.


Galatians 6:2
Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


1 Timothy 6:14
That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:


Hebrews 6:4
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,


Hebrews 6:6
If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.


Hebrews 10:26
For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins,


James 4:17
Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.


2 Peter 3:2
That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:


Treasury of Scripture

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

it had.

Matthew 11:23,24 And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in you...

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will...

John 9:41 Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains.

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

the way.

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Proverbs 16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Matthew 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and you...

to turn.

Psalm 36:3,4 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to be wise, and to do good...

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity...

Ezekiel 3:20 Again, When a righteous man does turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die...

Ezekiel 18:24 But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity...

Ezekiel 23:13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.

holy.

Romans 7:12 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

1 Thessalonians 4:2 For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

Strong's Concordance
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
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2 Peter Chapter 2 Verse 21

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NT Letters: 2 Peter 2:21 For it would be better for them (2 Pet. 2P iiP ii Pet)
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