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2 Peter 2:21

    2 Peter 2:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For it would have been better for them to have had no knowledge of the way of righteousness, than to go back again from the holy law which was given to them, after having knowledge of it.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    World English Bible

    For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Peter 2:21

    For it had been better for them not to have known - For the reasons assigned above; because they have sinned against more mercy, are capable of more sin, and are liable to greater punishment.

    The holy commandment - The whole religion of Christ is contained in this one commandment, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; and thy neighbor as thyself." He who obeys this great commandment, and this by the grace of Christ is possible to every man, is saved from sinning either against his God or against his neighbor. Nothing less than this does the religion of Christ require.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Peter 2:21

    For it had been better for them ... - Compare the notes at Matthew 26:24. It would have been better for them, for:

    (1) then they would not have dishonored the cause of religion as they have now done;

    (2) they would not have sunk so deep in profligacy as they now have; and,

    (3) they would not have incurred so aggravated a condemnation in the world of woe. If people are resolved on being wicked, they had better never pretend to be good. If they are to be cast off at last, it had better not be as apostates from the cause of virtue and religion.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Peter 2:21

    2:21 The commandment - The whole law of God, once not only delivered to their ears, but written in their hearts.