2 Peter 2:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Peter 2:11, NIV: yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord.

2 Peter 2:11, ESV: whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.

2 Peter 2:11, KJV: Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

2 Peter 2:11, NASB: whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a demeaning judgment against them before the Lord.

2 Peter 2:11, NLT: But the angels, who are far greater in power and strength, do not dare to bring from the Lord a charge of blasphemy against those supernatural beings.

2 Peter 2:11, CSB: however, angels, who are greater in might and power, do not bring a slanderous charge against them before the Lord.

What does 2 Peter 2:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Peter revealed evidence of the conceit of the false teachers. For starters, they were not afraid to speak arrogantly about angelic beings. This might have meant insulting them, ignoring the influence of spiritual beings, or even telling lies about what such beings could or would do. In other words, they were speaking of these beings with great disrespect. Contempt leads to carelessness; speaking rudely of spiritual beings not only makes a person less cautious, it can invite unwanted attention.

We do not know what, specifically, these false teachers were saying, but we get a clue in this verse that they may have been saying it about fallen angels. Peter tells us that even angels—apparently non-fallen angels speaking for God—would never speak so disrespectfully of fallen angels. Even when pronouncing God's judgment, they would not "heap abuse" on these rebellious angels.

Peter says that, clearly, the angels are far more powerful than these false teachers. If anyone had the moral authority to speak disrespectfully about the fallen celestial beings, the angels that remain loyal to God would. And yet, they don't. They won't. The fact that the false teachers do such a thing demonstrates both their arrogance and ignorance.