1 But understand this, that in the last days difficult#tn Or perhaps, “dangerous,” “fierce.” times will come. 2 For people#tn Grk “men”; but here ἄνθρωποι (anqrwpoi) is generic, referring to both men and women. will be lovers of themselves,#tn Or “self-centered.” The first two traits in 2 Tim 3:2 and the last two in 3:4 are Greek words beginning with the root “lovers of,” and so bracket the list at beginning and end. lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. 5 They will maintain the outward appearance#tn Or “form.”sn Outward appearance. Paul’s contrast with power in 3:5b shows that he regards this “form” to be outward, one of appearance rather than reality (cf. 1 Cor 4:19-20; 1 Thess 1:5). of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these.#tn Grk “and avoid these,” with the word “people” implied.