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2 Peter 2:9

    2 Peter 2:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment unto the day of judgment;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Lord is able to keep the upright safe in the time of testing, and to keep evil-doers under punishment till the day of judging;

    Webster's Revision

    the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment unto the day of judgment;

    World English Bible

    the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment unto the day of judgment;

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Peter 2:9

    The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly - The preservation and deliverance of Lot gave the apostle occasion to remark, that God knew as well to save as to destroy; and that his goodness led him as forcibly to save righteous Lot, as his justice did to destroy the rebellious in the instances already adduced. And the design of the apostle in producing these examples is to show to the people to whom he was writing that, although God would destroy those false teachers, yet he would powerfully save his faithful servants from their contagion and from their destruction. We should carefully observe,

    1. That the godly man is not to be preserved from temptation.

    2. That he will be preserved in temptation.

    3. That he will be delivered out of it.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Peter 2:9

    The Lord knoweth ... - That is, the cases referred to show that God is able to deliver his people when tempted, and understands the best way in which it should be done. He sees a way to do it when we cannot, though it is often a way which we should not have thought of. He can send an angel to take his tempted people by the hand; he can interpose and destroy the power of the tempter; he can raise up earthly friends; he can deliver his people completely and forever from temptation, by their removal to heaven.

    And to reserve the unjust - As he does the rebel angels, 2 Peter 2:4. The case of the angels shows that God can keep wicked men, as if under bonds, reserved for their final trial at his bar. Though they seem to go at large, yet they are under his control, and are kept by him with reference to their ultimate arraignment.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Peter 2:9

    2:9 It plainly appears, from these instances, that the Lord knoweth, hath both wisdom and power and will, to deliver the godly out of all temptations, and to punish the ungodly.