2 Peter 2:19

“While 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

While they promise them libertie, they themselues are the seruants of corruption: for of whom a man is ouercome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he also brought into bondage.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Saying that they will be free, while they themselves are the servants of destruction; because whatever gets the better of a man makes a servant of him.
- Basic English Bible

promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a man is subdued, by him is he also brought into slavery.
- Darby Bible

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for by whom a man is overcome, by the same is he brought into bondage.
- Webster's Bible

And they promise them freedom, although they are themselves the slaves of what is corrupt. For a man is the slave of any one by whom he has been worsted in fight.
- Weymouth Bible

promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for a man is brought into bondage by whoever overcomes him.
- World English Bible

Whiche lyuen in errour, and biheten fredom to hem, whanne thei ben seruauntis of corrupcioun. For of whom ony man is ouercomun, of hym also he is seruaunt.
- Wycliffe Bible

liberty to them promising, themselves being servants of the corruption, for by whom any one hath been overcome, to this one also he hath been brought to servitude,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 2:19


2:19 While they promise them liberty - From needless restraints and scruples; from the bondage of the law. Themselves are slaves of corruption - Even sin, the vilest of all bondage.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 2:19


2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty. Liberty from all restraint, complete freedom to serve their own wills, such liberty as those who rail against God's law are wont to offer. They are servants of corruption. Those who offer liberty are themselves slaves, serving their own passions and lusts. He who is swayed by appetite or habit cannot be free.

Discussion for 2 Peter 2

  • Steve morrow
    2 PETER 2:20 FOR 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***1 JOHN 4:4 YOU ARE OF GOD LITTLE CHILDREN AND HAVE OVERCOME THEM BECAUSE GREATR IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD***
  • Steve morrow
    2 PETER 2:5 AND SPARED NOT THE OLD WORLD BUT SAVED NOAH THE EIGHTH PERSON --- A PREACHER --- OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BRINGING IN THE FLOOD UPON THE WORLD OF THE UNGODLY GENESIS 6:18 BUT WITH THEE I WILL ESTABLISH MY COVENANT AND THOU SHALT COME INTO THE ARK THOU AND THY SONS AND THY WIFE AND THY SONS WIVES WITH THEE
  • BSP
    Verse 9: Focusing on Jehovah God's past acts of deliverance and how he has been loyal can help us to build our faith in him.
  • Lu2677
    2Peter2:12 "natural brute beasts;speak evil of the things they do not understand".I would like to add to my other post. The people this verse is describing are also false "Christians". A false "Christian" is not necessarily one who is a backslider,but one that attends "church" out of tradition of family or for show. One who professes to know God, but doesn't, this person goes after worldly things
  • A disciple
    I think its important to read the Epistle as a whole, and to consider all its parts in that context. As we read in the first part that we are made partakers of the divine nature and furnished with all we need to overcome and never stumble, when we earnestly and diligently do all the things to ensure and confirm our calling of God; then set next to the kinds of opposition and contradictions of men.
  • Lu2677
    2Peter 2:12 God calls them "natural brute beasts, that were made to be destroyed, speak evil of the things they understand not and shall utterly perish in their own corruption." He is speaking of the unsaved, false teachers/preachers, and those that fall away from grace. They are predestined for destruction=made to be destroyed. Destroyed=eternal torment in hell.

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