1 Now you must know that in the last days there are going to be hard times. 2 For people will be selfish, avaricious, boastful, haughty, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreverent, 3 lacking in love for kinsmen, irreconcilable, slanderers, having no self-control, savage, lacking in love for the good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure more than God, 5 keeping up the forms of religion but not giving expression to its power. Avoid such people.
6 For some of them practice going into people's houses and capturing weak and silly women who are overwhelmed with the weight of their sins, who are easily led about by all sorts of evil impulses, 7 who are always trying to learn but never able to come to a full knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, these people resist the truth, for they are depraved in mind and so counterfeits in the faith. 9 But they will not make any more progress, for their folly will be evident to everybody, as theirs was.
10 But you, on your part, have faithfully followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions, my sufferings, such as befell me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, such as I endured but the Lord delivered me out of them all. 12 Yes, indeed, everyone who wants to live a godly life as a follower of Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But bad men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, misleading others and misled themselves. 14 But you, on your part, must continue to abide by what you have learned and been led to rely upon, because you know from whom you learned it 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures which can give you wisdom that leads to salvation through the faith that leans on Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God, and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in doing what is right, 17 so that the man of God may be perfectly fit, thoroughly equipped for every good enterprise.