2 Peter 2:21

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For it had bin better for them not to haue knowen the way of righteousnesse, then after they haue knowen it, to turne from the holy commandement deliuered vnto them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known [it] to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

For it would have been better for them not to have fully known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandments in which they were instructed.
- Weymouth 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.
- World English Bible

For it was betere to hem to not knowe the weie of riytwisnesse, than to turne ayen aftir the knowyng, fro that hooli maundement that was bitakun to hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

for it were better to them not to have acknowledged the way of the righteousness, than having acknowledged [it], to turn back from the holy command delivered to them,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 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.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 2:21


2Pe 2:21 For it had been better, etc. To other sins there is then added the sin of rejecting the way of righteousness after an experimental knowledge of it.

Discussion for 2 Peter 2:21

  • John madden for verse 21
    Sinning against the lite is more serious than not knowing the way of righteousness..confronting doctrines are not popular among most folks
  • Cynthia Mclaney for verse 21
    I 'd like to talk to somebody about the scripture 2nd Peter 2 21
  • Brianna for verse 21
    It is one thing to practice sin out of ignorance. However, to practice sin after knowing full well Jehovah God 's standards is unacceptable. Individuals can not use phrases such as "God knows me " or " only God can judge ". He already has given the judgement for those who practice sin, not out of ignorance, but out of rebellion.

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