2 Timothy 3:1-17

3  But know this, that in the last days+ critical times hard* to deal with will be here.+  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty,* blasphemers,* disobedient to parents,+ unthankful, disloyal,+  having no natural affection,+ not open to any agreement,*+ slanderers,*+ without self-control, fierce,*+ without love of goodness,+  betrayers,+ headstrong, puffed up [with pride],+ lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,+  having a form of godly devotion*+ but proving false to its power;+ and from these turn away.+  For from these arise those men who slyly work their way* into households+ and lead as their captives weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires,+  always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.+  Now in the way that Janʹnes and Jamʹbres+ resisted Moses, so these also go on resisting the truth,+ men completely corrupted in mind,+ disapproved as regards the faith.+  Nevertheless, they will make no further progress, for their madness will be very plain to all, even as the [madness] of those [two men] became.+ 10  But you have closely followed my teaching, my course of life,+ my purpose, my faith, my long-suffering, my love, my endurance, 11  my persecutions, my sufferings, the sort of things that happened to me in Antioch,+ in I·coʹni·um,+ in Lysʹtra,+ the sort of persecutions I have borne; and yet out of them all the Lord delivered me.+ 12  In fact, all those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted.+ 13  But wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse, misleading and being misled.+ 14  You, however, continue in the things that you learned and were persuaded to believe,+ knowing from what persons you learned them+ 15  and that from infancy+ you have known the holy writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation+ through the faith in connection with Christ Jesus.+ 16  All Scripture is inspired of God*+ and beneficial for teaching,+ for reproving,+ for setting things straight,*+ for disciplining+ in righteousness, 17  that the man of God may be fully competent,+ completely equipped* for every good work.+


Lit., “fierce.”
Lit., “superior-appearing.”
Or, “speaking abusively.”
Lit., “untamed.”
Lit., “devils.” Gr., di·aʹbo·loi.
Lit., “truceless.”
“Godly devotion.” Lit., “revering well.”
“Slyly work their way.” Lit., “slipping in.”
Lit., “God-breathed.” Gr., The·oʹpneu·stos; Lat., Di·viʹni·tus in·spi·raʹta; J17(Heb.), beruʹach ʼElo·himʹ, “by God’s spirit.”
Lit., “straightening up upon.”
Lit., “having been fitted out.”