1 I WOULD have you know this, that in the last days trying times will come;
2 for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, haughty, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, profane,
3 without family affection, relentless, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
5 They will have a form of religion, but will cast off its power. Avoid such people.
6 For of this class are those who make their way into houses and take captive weak women loaded with sins, led by varying passions,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men oppose the truth, depraved in mind, proved to be worthless as regards the faith.
9 But they will go no further, for their folly will be manifest to all as that of Jannes and Jambres became.
10 But you have kept track of my teaching, my course of life, my purpose, my faith, my slowness to anger, my love, my patience,
11 my persecutions, my sufferings \'97 what happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, what persecutions I underwent. But the Lord delivered me out of all of them.
12 And all who are determined to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
13 Wicked men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
14 But you must stand by what you learned and were persuaded of, knowing from whom you learned it
15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which can give you wisdom to gain salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is divinely inspired and is useful for teaching, for proof, for correction of error, for education in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.