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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Peter 2:15


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    King James Bible - 2 Peter 2:15

    Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

    World English Bible

    forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrongdoing;

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Peter 2:15

    Leaving the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity,

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Who have forsaken the right way, and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    VERSE (15) -
    1Sa 12:23 1Ki 18:18; 19:10 Eze 9:10 Pr 28:4 Ho 14:8 Ac 13:10

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:15

    que dejando el camino derecho han errado, habiendo seguido el camino de Balaam, hijo de Beor, el cual am el premio de la maldad.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Peter 2:15

    Verse 15. Which have forsaken the right way] As
    Balaam did, who, although God showed him the right way, took one contrary to it, preferring the reward offered him by Balak to the approbation and blessing of God.

    The way of Balaam] Is the counsel of Balaam. He counselled the Moabites to give their most beautiful young women to the Israelitish youth, that they might be enticed by them to commit idolatry. See the notes on Num. xxii. 5, &c., and Num. xxiii. 1, &c.

    The son of Bosor] Instead of bosor, BOSOR two ancient MSS. and some of the versions have bewr, Beor, to accommodate the word to the Hebrew text and the Septuagint. The difference in this name seems to have arisen from mistaking one letter for another in the Hebrew name, rw[b Beor, for rwxb Betsor or Bosor; tsaddi x and ain [ , which are very like each other, being interchanged.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 15. Which have forsaken the right way , etc.] The right way of the Lord, the way of truth, the Gospel of truth; or Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life; the true way to eternal life, and which is the right way to eternal happiness; the way of life, righteousness, and salvation by Christ, the Christian faith, and the doctrine of it, which they once professed, but now relinquished: and are gone astray ; from the right way, the way of truth and holiness, into the paths of error and profaneness: following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor ; which Jude calls his error, ( Jude 1:11), and is the path of covetousness, uncleanness, and idolatry, sins which he was either guilty of himself, or taught, advised, and seduced others to; (see Revelation 2:14). The Vulgate Latin version reads Balaam [out of] Bosor, taking Bosor for the name of a place, of which Balaam was; but not Bosor, but Pethor, was the place of Balaam's residence, ( Numbers 22:5). The Arabic and Ethiopic versions supply, as we do, the son of Bosor; and the Syriac version reads, the son of Beor, as in ( Numbers 22:5); for Beor and Bosor are the same names; the sheva being pronounced by o, as it is by oa in Boanerges, and the ain by s. Moreover, the letters x and [ are sometimes used for one another, as in ax and a[ , Ura and [ra , and so [ and , especially in the Chaldean dialect; and Peter now being at Babylon in Chaldea, (see Peter 5:13); it is no wonder that he so pronounced. Who loved the wages of unrighteousness : which were the rewards of divination, ( Numbers 22:7); which were brought him for his divining or soothsaying, and may well be called unrighteous wages, since it was for doing unrighteous things, or things in an unrighteous manner; and these he loved, desired, and greedily coveted, and fain would he have taken Balak's gold and silver, and have cursed Israel, but was restrained by the Lord: he showed a good will to it, in going along with the messengers, and in building altars, and offering sacrifice in one place after another, in which there was a great resemblance between him and the men here spoken of.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 10-16 - Impure seducers and their abandoned followers, give themselves up to their own fleshly minds. Refusing to bring every thought to the obedience of
    Christ, they act against God's righteous precepts. The walk after the flesh, they go on in sinful courses, and increase to greater degrees of impurity and wickedness. They also despise thos whom God has set in authority over them, and requires them to honour Outward temporal good things are the wages sinners expect and promis themselves. And none have more cause to tremble, than those who ar bold to gratify their sinful lusts, by presuming on the Divine grac and mercy. Many such there have been, and are, who speak lightly of the restraints of God's law, and deem themselves freed from obligations to obey it. Let Christians stand at a distance from such.


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    15. Right (euqeian). Lit., straight, which is the radical meaning of right. Are gone
    astray (aplanhqhsan). See on Mark xii. 24.

    Following (exakolouqhsantev). See on ch. i. 16; ii. 2. Compare Jude 11. The way. Note the frequent occurrence of the word way in the story of Balaam (Numbers 22), and Peter's use of the same phrase, as here, the right ways of the Lord, in Acts xiii. 10.

    Bosor. Rev. gives Beor, the Old Testament form of the name. Wages of unrighteousness. See on ver. 13.



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