1 BUT this know, that in the last days distressing times will come. 2 For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, boasters, vainglorious, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unnatural, implacable, slanderers, intemperate, inhuman, averse to goodness, 4 treacherous, wilful, puffed up [with pride], lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; 5 holding the form of godliness, but denying the power of it: from these men turn with aversion.
6 For such are they who insinuate themselves into houses, and captivate weak women laden with accumulated sins, and actuated by a variety of passions, 7 always learning, yet never able to attain unto the knowledge of truth. 8 But in the same manner as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also set themselves in opposition to the truth; men corrupt in mind, reprobate respecting the faith. 9 But they shall not proceed to the uttermost; for their infatuation shall be evident to all men, as theirs also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, conduct, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, patience, 11 the persecutions, the sufferings, which beset me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, yet out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 And all indeed who will live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But wicked men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and deceived. 14 But abide thou in the things which thou hast learned and believed, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 and that from a child thou hast known the sacred writings, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ. 16 All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and advantageous for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness 17 that the man of God may be properly furnished, fully qualified for every good work.