But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.12
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,2 boastful, proud,3 abusive,4 disobedient to their parents,5 ungrateful, unholy,
without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
treacherous,6 rash, conceited,7 lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--
having a form of godliness8 but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.96
They are the kind who worm their way10 into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,
always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.118
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses,12 so also these teachers oppose13 the truth. They are men of depraved minds,14 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,15 their folly will be clear to everyone.
You, however, know all about my teaching,16 my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,
persecutions, sufferings--what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch,17 Iconium18 and Lystra,19 the persecutions I endured.20 Yet the Lord rescued21 me from all of them.2212
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,2313
while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse,24 deceiving and being deceived.2514
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,2615
and how from infancy27 you have known the Holy Scriptures,28 which are able to make you wise29 for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is God-breathed30 and is useful for teaching,31 rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,3217
so that all God's peoplea33 may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.34