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3 But know this, that in the last days+ critical times hard* to deal with will be here.+ 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty,* blasphemers,* disobedient to parents,+ unthankful, disloyal,+ 3 having no natural affection,+ not open to any agreement,*+ slanderers,*+ without self-control, fierce,*+ without love of goodness,+ 4 betrayers,+ headstrong, puffed up [with pride],+ lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,+ 5 having a form of godly devotion*+ but proving false to its power;+ and from these turn away.+ 6 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,+ 7 always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.+ 8 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.+ 9 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., “truceless.”
^ Lit., “devils.” Gr., di·aʹbo·loi.
^ Lit., “untamed.”
^ “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.”