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2 Peter 2:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the [son] of Beor, who loved the hire of wrong-doing;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the [son] of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Who have forsaken the right way, and gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— having left [the] straight way they have gone astray, having followed in the path of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved [the] reward of unrighteousness;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Forsaking a straight path, they have gone astray, following out the way of Balaam [son] of Beor, who loved, a reward of wrong,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— having forsaken a right way, they did go astray, having followed in the way of Balaam the [son] of Bosor, who a reward of unrighteousness did love,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Leaving the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam of Bosor who loved the wages of iniquity,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Which haue forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the sonne] of Bosor, who loued the wages of vnrighteousnesse,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— who, forsaking the straight way, have erred, and gone in the way of Belam bar Beur, who the wages of iniquity loved.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and, having left the way of rectitude, they have wandered and gone in the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of iniquity,

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Which have forsaken 2641
{2641} Prime
καταλείπω
kataleipo
{kat-al-i'-po}
From G2596 and G3007; to leave down, that is, behind; by implication to abandon, have remaining.
z5631
<5631> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 889
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
right 2117
{2117} Prime
εὐθύς
euthus
{yoo-thoos'}
Perhaps from G2095 and G5087; straight, that is, (literally) level, or (figuratively) true; adverbially (of time) at once.
way, 3598
{3598} Prime
ὁδός
hodos
{hod-os'}
Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively a mode or means.
and are gone astray, 4105
{4105} Prime
πλανάω
planao
{plan-ah'-o}
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
z5681
<5681> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 602
following 1811
{1811} Prime
ἐξακολουθέω
exakoloutheo
{ex-ak-ol-oo-theh'-o}
From G1537 and G0190; to follow out, that is, (figuratively) to imitate, obey, yield to.
z5660
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
way 3598
{3598} Prime
ὁδός
hodos
{hod-os'}
Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively a mode or means.
of Balaam 903
{0903} Prime
Βαλαάμ
Balaam
{bal-ah-am'}
Of Hebrew origin [H1109]; Balaam, a mesopotamian (symbolic of a false teacher).
[the son] of Bosor, 1007
{1007} Prime
Βοσόρ
Bosor
{bos-or'}
Of Hebrew origin [H1160]; Bosor (that is, Beor), a Moabite.
who 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
loved 25
{0025} Prime
ἀγαπάω
agapao
{ag-ap-ah'-o}
Perhaps from ἄγαν [[agan]] (much; or compare [H5689]); to love (in a social or moral sense).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
the wages 3408
{3408} Prime
μισθός
misthos
{mis-thos'}
Apparently a primary word; pay for service (literally or figuratively), good or bad.
of unrighteousness; 93
{0093} Prime
ἀδικία
adikia
{ad-ee-kee'-ah}
From G0094; (legal) injustice (properly the quality, by implication the act); moral wrongfulness (of charater, life or act).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Peter 2:15

_ _ have — Some of the seducers are spoken of as already come, others as yet to come.

_ _ following — out: so the Greek.

_ _ the way — (Numbers 22:23, Numbers 22:32; Isaiah 56:11).

_ _ son of Bosor — the same as Beor (Numbers 22:5). This word was adopted, perhaps, because the kindred word Basar means flesh; and Balaam is justly termed son of carnality, as covetous, and the enticer of Israel to lust.

_ _ loved the wages of unrighteousness — and therefore wished (in order to gain them from Balak) to curse Israel whom God had blessed, and at last gave the hellish counsel that the only way to bring God’s curse on Israel was to entice them to fleshly lust and idolatry, which often go together.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Peter 2:10-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Peter 2:15

The way of Balaam the son of Bosor — So the Chaldeans pronounced what the Jews termed Beor; namely, the way of covetousness. Who loved — Earnestly desired, though he did not dare to take, the reward of unrighteousness — The money which Balak would have given him for cursing Israel.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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forsaken:

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
1 Kings 18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, [even] I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
Ezekiel 9:10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, [but] I will recompense their way upon their head.
Proverbs 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
Hosea 14:8 Ephraim [shall say], What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard [him], and observed him: I [am] like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, [thou] child of the devil, [thou] enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

Balaam:

Numbers 22:5-7 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which [is] by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: ... And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.

who:

Numbers 22:18-21 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more. ... And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
Numbers 22:23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
Numbers 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
Numbers 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
Deuteronomy 23:4-5 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. ... Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.
Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

wages:

Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
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Nu 22:5, 18, 23, 28; 31:16. Dt 23:4. 1S 12:23. 1K 18:18; 19:10. Pv 28:4. Ezk 9:10. Ho 14:8. Mi 6:5. Ac 1:18; 13:10. Jde 1:11. Rv 2:14.

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