“Difficult Times Will Come” 3 1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [V]haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding to a form of [W]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6For among them are those who [X]enter into households and captivate [Y]weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7always learning and never able to come to the [Z]knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as [A]Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also. 10Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, [B]perseverance, 11persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is [C]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [D]training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
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