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2 Timothy

3:1But know this, that in the final days there will be difficult times.3:2People will be selfish, stingy, fake, contemptuous, disrespectful of their parents, incorrigible, ungrateful, improper,3:3cold-blooded, truce-breakers, slanderers, out of control, savage, haters of all that is good,3:4traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure instead of God.

3:5They will have the appearance of devoutness but renounce its power; turn away from such people!3:6They are the kind who worm their way into people’s homes and make prisoners of war out of those who will follow anyone,1 because they are loaded down with many failures and are led around by all kinds of desires;3:7though they keep on learning they are never able to understand the truth.3:8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these people oppose the truth; their minds are ruined and they are disqualified as far as the faith is concerned.3:9But they will never make any progress, and their senselessness will be as obvious as it was for those two.

3:10You, on the other hand, have continued to closely follow me: my instruction, my methods, my intentions, my faith, my great patience, my love, my endurance,3:11my trials, and the hardships I experienced in Antioch and Iconium and Lystra. Such trials I have had to endure! But the Master pulled me through them all.3:12And everyone who chooses to live devoutly in Anointed Jesus will be harassed in the same way,3:13while evil people and sorcerers will get worse and worse, misleading and being misled.

3:14But as for you, hold tightly to what you’ve learned and put your faith in, considering from whom you learned.3:15Practically from infancy you’ve been learning the sacred scriptures, which are able to make you wise to the salvation that is found in Anointed Jesus.3:16All the scriptures are brought to life by God, and are useful for instruction, as evidence, for correction, and for teaching justice,3:17so that those who belong to God will be fully equipped for every good activity.

  1. 1The phrase “those who will follow anyone” is the correct rendering of the word gunaikaria, which is usually mistranslated as “silly women.” Also, it is not clear whether the “they” of “they are loaded down” refers to the victims or the perpetrators, but contextually the latter seems more likely.