From among your own selves (ex umwn autwn). In sheep's clothing just as Jesus had foretold. The outcome fully justified Paul's apprehensions as we see in Colossians, Ephesians, I and II Timothy, Revelation. False philosophy, immorality, asceticism will lead some astray ( Colossians 2:8Colossians 2:18 ; Ephesians 4:14 ; Ephesians 5:6 ). John will picture "antichrists" who went out from us because they were not of us ( 1 John 2:18 ). There is a false optimism that is complacently blind as well as a despondent pessimism that gives up the fight. Perverse things (diestrammena). Perfect passive participle of diastrepw, old verb to turn aside, twist, distort as in Acts 13:8Acts 13:10 . To draw away (tou apospain). Articular genitive present active participle of purpose from apospaw, old verb used to draw the sword ( Matthew 26:51 ), to separate ( Luke 22:41 ; Acts 21:1 ). The pity of it is that such leaders of dissension can always gain a certain following. Paul's long residence in Ephesus enabled him to judge clearly of conditions there.