always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.18
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses,2 so also these men oppose3 the truth--men of depraved minds,4 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,5 their folly will be clear to everyone.
You, however, know all about my teaching,6 my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,
persecutions, sufferings--what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch,7 Iconium8 and Lystra,9 the persecutions I endured.10 Yet the Lord rescued11 me from all of them.1212
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,1313
while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse,14 deceiving and being deceived.1514
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,1615
and how from infancy17 you have known the holy Scriptures,18 which are able to make you wise19 for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is God-breathed20 and is useful for teaching,21 rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,2217
so that the man of God23 may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.24