1 Understand this also: In the last days✽ perilous times will come. 2 ✽For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, lacking self-control, fierce, opposers of the good, 4 traitors, reckless, arrogant, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness✽ but denying its power. Keep away from such people.✽
6 ✽These are the sort who worm their way into households and take over silly women who are loaded down with sins and led away with various cravings, 7 ✽always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 ✽Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so these also resist the truth, these men of corrupt minds,✽ rejected in regard to the faith. 9 ✽But they will proceed no further, for their folly will be made clear to everyone, just as theirs was.
10 ✽But you have fully known my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 ✝persecutions and hardships which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra. What persecutions I endured! But the Lord delivered me out of them all. 12 ✝Yes, and all who want to live godly lives in Christ✽ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 ✽But evil men and hypocrites will go on getting worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 ✽But you must continue in the things you have learned and have been assured, knowing from whom you learned them, 15 and that from childhood✽ you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ✽ Jesus. 16 ✽All✽ Scripture is given by inspiration of God,✽ and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 ✽that the man of God may be perfectly prepared and thoroughly equipped for every good work.✽