Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker 1who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
But 2avoid 3irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are 4Hymenaeus and Philetus,
who have swerved from the truth, 5saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.
But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: 6"The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone 7who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."