having a form of godliness1 but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.26
They are the kind who worm their way3 into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,
always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.48
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses,5 so also these men oppose6 the truth--men of depraved minds,7 who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.
But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men,8 their folly will be clear to everyone.
You, however, know all about my teaching,9 my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,
persecutions, sufferings--what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch,10 Iconium11 and Lystra,12 the persecutions I endured.13 Yet the Lord rescued14 me from all of them.1512
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,1613
while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse,17 deceiving and being deceived.1814
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,1915
and how from infancy20 you have known the holy Scriptures,21 which are able to make you wise22 for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.