3 But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come on; 2 for men will be selfish, money-mad, pretentious, proud, scurrilous, disobedient to parents, thankless, graceless, 3 * loveless, implacable, slanderers, slaves of appetite, ferocious, disinclined to goodness, 4 * traitorous, headstrong, conceited, more devoted to pleasure than to God, 5 * having a formulation of piety but denying its efficacy; eschew these too. 6 * For to this class belong those who slip into houses and get into their hands females loaded up with sins, led along by miscellaneous desires, 7 always learning and never able to come to awareness of truth. 8 * And in just the same way as Jannes and Jambres opposed themselves to Moses these too oppose themselves to the truth, men of ruined mind, incompetent for matters of faith; 9 but they will make no further progress, for their senselessness will be evident to everybody, just as those men’s came to be. 10 But you observed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadiness, 11 persecutions, sufferings, what things happened to me at Antioch, at lconium, at Lystra, what persecutions I underwent—and the Lord delivered me out of all. 12 And all who propose to live piously in Christ Jesus will also be persecuted; 13 but scoundrels and impostors will make progress for the worse, misguiding and misguided. 14 But as for you, remain in what you learned and were given assurance of, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and that ever since you were a baby you have known sacred literature such as could give you the wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 Every text is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in doing right, 17 in order that the man of God may be a whole man, rounded out to fitness for every good work.
^ 3:3 (slanderers) Or scandalmongers
^ 3:4 Lit. more in love with pleasure than with God
^ 3:5 Lit. but having denied its power
^ 3:6 Lit. and take prisoner womanlets
^ 3:8 Lit. defective about the faith