They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.
Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,