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Commentary » II Peter 2:17-II Peter 2:22 »

You Are a Slave of What Controls You

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Peter goes on to describe these false teachers as “wells without water” (v. 17). Can you picture finding a well of water in the middle of a desert and then discover that it was dry. In conclusion Peter says it is better to be ignorant of the way of the truth than to know it and then depart from it. He compares this to a dog who returns to his own vomit and a pig who returns to the mud puddle. They brag out loud about their stupid nonsense (v. 18). And by being vulgar and crude, they trap people who have barely escaped from living the wrong kind of life. They promise freedom to everyone (v. 19). But they are merely slaves of filthy living, because people are slaves of whatever controls them.

Peter is speaking of a person who has learned about Christ and how to be saved. When they learned about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they escaped from the filthy things of this world (v. 20). But they are again caught up and controlled by these filthy things, and now they are in worse shape than they were at first. They would have been better off if they had never known about the right way (v. 21). Even after they knew what was right, they turned their backs on the holy commandments that they were given. What happened to them is just like the true saying,"A dog will come back to lick up its own vomit (v. 22). A pig that has been washed will roll in the mud.”


If I refuse to follow God I will follow my own sinful desires and become enslaved to whatever my body wants. If I submit my life to Christ, He will free me from the slavery of sin.

II Peter 2:17-22 (English Standard Version)

These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: "The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire."

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