Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

For it would have been 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.

International Standard Version

It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and turn their backs on the holy commandment that was committed to them.

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

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.

Amplified

For never to have obtained a [full, personal] knowledge of the way of righteousness would have been better for them than, having obtained [such knowledge], to turn back from the holy commandment which was [verbally] delivered to them.

An Understandable Version

It would have been better for them if they had not known the right way [to God] than, after knowing it, to turn back from the sacred message that had been presented to them.

Anderson New Testament

For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Common New Testament

For it would have been 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.

Daniel Mace New Testament

for it had been better for them, not to have made any profession of the gospel, than after they have embraced it, to abandon the holy injunction, that was delivered to them.

Darby Translation

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.

Emphatic Diaglott Bible

Therefore, it has been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Godbey New Testament

For it was better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment which has been delivered unto them.

Goodspeed New Testament

For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of uprightness than after knowing it to have turned their backs upon the sacred command with which they had been intrusted.

John Wesley New Testament

For it had been better for them, not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Julia Smith Translation

For it was better for them not to have known the way of justice, than, having known, to turn back from the holy command delivererd to them.

King James 2000

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.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than having known [it], to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them.

Modern King James verseion

For it would have been better for them not to have fully known the way of righteousness, than fully knowing it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For it had been better for them, not to have known the way of righteousness, then after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment given unto them.

Moffatt New Testament

Better had they never known the Way of righteousness, than to know it and then turn back from the holy command which was committed to them.

Montgomery New Testament

Indeed it would have been better for them not to have known the Way of Righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy command delivered to them.

NET Bible

For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them.

New Heart English 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.

Noyes New Testament

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Sawyer New Testament

For it is better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, having known, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

The Emphasized Bible

For, better, had it been for them - not to have obtained a personal knowledge of the way of righteousness, than, having obtained such knowledge, to turn back out of the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For it had been better for them never to have been acquainted with the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to have turned aside from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Twentieth Century New Testament

It would, indeed, have been better for them not to have known the Way of Righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn away from the holy Command delivered to them.

Webster

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.

Weymouth New Testament

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.

Williams New Testament

For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of uprightness than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command committed to their trust.

World English 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.

Worrell New Testament

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

Worsley New Testament

for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than when they knew it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Youngs Literal Translation

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,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

it had been
ἦν 
En 
was, were, had been, had, taught , stood , , vr was
Usage: 410

κρείττων 
Kreitton 
Usage: 19


Usage: 0

not
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

ἐπιγινώσκω 
Epiginosko 
Usage: 37

the way
ὁδός 
Hodos 
Usage: 75

δικαιοσύνη 
Dikaiosune 
Usage: 83

ἤ 
or, than, either, or else, nor, not tr,
Usage: 199

ἐπιγινώσκω 
Epiginosko 
Usage: 37

it, to turn
ἐπιστρέφω 
Epistrepho 
Usage: 29

ἐκ ἐξ 
Ek 
of, from, out of, by, on, with,
Usage: 709

the
ἐντολή 
Entole 
Usage: 47

ἅγιος 
Hagios 
Usage: 209

ἐντολή 
Entole 
Usage: 47

παραδίδωμι 
Paradidomi 
Usage: 75

Images 2 Peter 2:21

Context Readings

The Rise And Fall Of The False Teachers

20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 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. 22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, "A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire."


Cross References

Ezekiel 18:24

"But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die.

Luke 12:47

"And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,

Romans 7:12

So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Hebrews 6:4-6

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,

Psalm 36:3-4

The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

Psalm 125:5

But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, The LORD will lead them away with the doers of iniquity Peace be upon Israel.

Proverbs 12:28

In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

Proverbs 16:31

A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.

Ezekiel 3:20

"Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.

Ezekiel 23:13

"I saw that she had defiled herself; they both took the same way.

Zephaniah 1:6

And those who have turned back from following the LORD, And those who have not sought the LORD or inquired of Him."

Matthew 11:23-24

"And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.

Matthew 21:32

"For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.

John 9:41

Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.

John 15:22

"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

1 Thessalonians 4:2

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

James 4:17

Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

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