Impostors (gohte). Old word from wailers (goaw, to bewail), professional mourners, deceivers, jugglers. Here only in the N.T. Modern impostors know all the tricks of the trade. Shall wax worse and worse (prokopsousin epi to ceiron). "Shall cut forward to the worse stage." See 2 Timothy 2:16 for prokoptw. Ceiron is comparative of kako, "to the worse than now." Deceiving and being deceived (planwnte kai planwmenoi). Present active and present passive participles of planaw. The tragedy of it all is that these seducers are able to deceive others as well as themselves.