2 Peter 2:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Peter 2:10, NIV: This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;

2 Peter 2:10, ESV: and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones,

2 Peter 2:10, KJV: 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 dignities.

2 Peter 2:10, NASB: and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt passion, and despise authority. Reckless, self-centered, they speak abusively of angelic majesties without trembling,

2 Peter 2:10, NLT: He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling.

2 Peter 2:10, CSB: especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority.Bold, arrogant people! They are not afraid to slander the glorious ones;

What does 2 Peter 2:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In prior verses, Peter wrote that the Lord knows how to keep the unrighteous for punishment until the coming day of God's judgment. Here, he adds that this is especially true for those guilty of two things. One is indulging in sexual sin and despising—living in contempt of—authority. As this passage continues, it will become clear that Peter is specifically referring to the false teachers among the Christians in the church. He is comparing them to the sinful men of Sodom and Gomorrah (2 Peter 2:6–8).

The specific sexual sins these false teachers did, and urged others to do, may have differed from the men of Sodom. Both, however, were guilty of unrestrained sexual expression. They were living in defiance of God's commands and His instructions on the right way to live. Peter calls them bold and daring, arrogant and willful, unafraid of the consequences of what they were doing and teaching.

Apparently, these false teachings also included some condemnation of spiritual powers. Peter uses the Greek noun doxas, which the NIV renders as "celestial beings," the ESV as "glorious ones," and the NASB as "angelic majesties." We don't know the specifics, but what Peter will condemn in the following verses is the irreverent and clueless arrogance with which these men delivered their false message.

God would not allow that to go unpunished.