1 But know this, that a in the last days 1 perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, 2 unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 b traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 c having a form of godliness but d denying its power. And e from such people turn away! 6 For f of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able g to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 h Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: i men of corrupt minds, j disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, k as theirs also was.
10 l But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me m at Antioch, n at Iconium, o at Lystra - what persecutions I endured. And p out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and q all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 r But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must s continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known t the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 u All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, v and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for 3 instruction in righteousness, 17 w that the man of God may be complete, x thoroughly equipped for every good work.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.