Difficult Times Ahead in the Last Days
1 But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come, 2for people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3hardhearted, irreconcilable, slanderous, without self-control, savage, with no interest for what is good, 4traitors, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God, 5maintaining a form of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid these people. 6For from these are those who slip into houses and captivate foolish women loaded down with sins, led by various kinds of desires, 7always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8And just as#Literally “in the manner in which” Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these oppose the truth, people corrupted in mind, disqualified concerning the faith. 9But they will not progress to a greater extent, for their folly will be quite evident to everyone, as also the folly of those two was.
The Value of the Scriptures
10But you have faithfully followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11persecutions, and sufferings that happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, and in Lystra, what sort of persecutions I endured, and the Lord delivered me from all of them. 12And indeed, all those who want to live in a godly manner in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13But evil people and imposters will progress to the worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But you continue in the things which you have learned and are convinced of, because you#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“know”) which is understood as causal know from whom you learned them, 15and that from childhood you have known the holy writings that are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, 17in order that the person of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.