1 But this know, that in the last days there will be difficult times; 2 for men will be selfish, covetous, arrogant, proud, blasphemers, undutiful to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, perfidious, false accusers, intemperate, savage, enemies to the good, traitors, 4 headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness, but strangers to the power of it: from such turn away.
6 For of these are they who insinuate themselves into families, and captivate weak women, that are laden with sins, 7 and led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 And as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also withstand the truth; being men of corrupt minds, and of no judgement in the faith. 9 But they shall not proceed far: for their folly shall be evident to all, as theirs also was.
10 But thou art well acquainted with my doctrine, conduct, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience, persecutions, 11 sufferings, which befel me at Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and how the Lord delivered me out of them all. 12 And indeed all, that are desirous to live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. 13 But wicked men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learnt, and been assured of, knowing from whom thou hast learned them; 15 and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith in Christ Jesus: for all scripture is by inspiration from God, 16 and is profitable for doctrine, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly fitted for every good work.