1 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, boastful, 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 an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.
6 From among these arise men who slyly work their way into households and captivate 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 opposed Moses, so these also go on opposing the truth. Such men are completely corrupted in mind, disapproved as regards the faith.
9 Nevertheless, they will make no further progress, for their folly will be very plain to all, as it was with those two men.
10 But you have closely followed my teaching, my course of life, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance,
11 the persecutions and sufferings such as I experienced in Antioch, in I·coʹni·um, in Lysʹtra. I endured these persecutions, and the Lord rescued me from them all.
12 In fact, all those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with the Anointed 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 whom you learned them
15 and that from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in the Anointed Jesus.
16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness,
17 so that the man of God may be whole, completely equipped for every good work.