Their premature utterances, like "early figs",
Before the fruit of Divine knowledge was ripe,
Were like rancid ointments spoiled by flies,
Thwarting proper use at the proper time.
They are satan's
men, promoting jealous spirits
to prominence, to multiply worshippers of them.
They "trampled" men of the holy
"seed" with lies
and hostility, yet masqueraded as His witnesses.
congregation they claimed their seat (5)
As a god
trying to mislead
God's anointed sons.
Proclaimed "the day of Jehovah is here" while
under the "operation of error" allowed by God.
with "every powerful work and lying
signs and portents" is "for those who are perishing",
for not having a love of the truth and for
choosing unrighteousness. Now they are revealed. (10)
holiness, but were for "a change", (11)
Preferring vainglory to humility,
Deceiving others with their apostasy.
anointed sons they removed.