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Connecting Statement:

Peter begins describing the characteristics of unrighteous men.

This is especially true

The word "this" refers to God keeping unrighteous men in prison until judgment day in 2 Peter 2:09.

those who continue in the corrupt desires of the flesh

Here the phrase "desires of the flesh" refers to the desires of the sinful nature. AT: "those who continue to indulge their corrupt, sinful desires"

despise authority

"refuse to submit to God's authority." Here the word "authority" probably refers to God's authority.


Here "authority" stands for God, who has the right to give commands and to punish disobedience. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)


"do whatever they want to do"

the glorious ones

This phrase refers to spiritual beings, such as angels or demons.

greater strength and power

"more strength and power than the false teachers"

they do not bring insulting judgments against them

The word "they" refers to angels. Possible meanings for the word "them" are 1) the glorious ones or 2) the false teachers.

bring insulting judgments against them

The idea that angels could accuse them is spoken of as if they could attack them using accusations as weapons. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)


  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/true
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/corrupt
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/flesh
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/authority
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/bold
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/blasphemy
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/glory
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/angel
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/strength
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/judge
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/lord