1Moreover, understand this: in the acharit-hayamim will come trying times. 2People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, 4traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, 5as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.
Stay away from these people! 6For some of them worm their way into homes and get control of weak-willed women who are heaped with sins and swayed by various impulses, 7who are always learning but never able to come to full knowledge of the truth. 8In the same way as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moshe, so also these people oppose the truth. They are people with corrupted minds, whose trust cannot pass the test. 9However, they won’t get very far; because everyone will see how stupid they are, just as happened with those two.
10But you, you have closely followed my teaching, conduct, purpose in life, trust, steadfastness, love and perseverance — 11as well as the persecutions and sufferings that came my way in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12And indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted, 13while evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.
14But you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, recalling the people from whom you learned it; 15and recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 17thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.