Difficult Times Ahead
1But know this: Hard times will come in the last days.3:1 Jn 6:39; Php 1:6; 1Pt 1:5; 2Pt 3:3; Jd 18
2For people will be lovers of self,3:2 Php 2:21; 1Tm 6:4 lovers of money,3:2 Lk 16:14; 1Tm 3:3; 6:10 boastful, proud,3:2 Pr 16:18; Lk 1:51; Rm 1:30 demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,3:2 1Tm 1:9
3unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers,3:3 Jn 14:6 without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good,3:3 Ti 1:8
4traitors,3:4 Lk 6:16; Ac 7:52 reckless,3:4 Ac 19:36 conceited,3:4 1Tm 3:6; 6:4 lovers of pleasure3:4 Php 3:19 rather than lovers of God,
5holding to the form of godliness but denying its power.3:5 1Co 4:20; 2Co 13:4; Ti 1:16 Avoid these people.3:5 Mt 7:15; 2Th 3:6
6For among them are those who worm their way into households and deceive gullible women overwhelmed by sins and led astray by a variety of passions,3:6 2Pt 1:4; 2:10
7always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.3:7 2Co 11:10; 1Tm 2:4; 2Tm 2:25; Ti 1:1
8Just as Jannes and Jambres3:8 Ex 7:11–12; 8:18; 9:11 resisted Moses,3:8 Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 so these also resist the truth. They are men who are corrupt in mind3:8 1Co 14:14; Php 4:7 and worthless3:8 2Co 13:5–7 in regard to the faith.
9But they will not make further progress, for their foolishness will be clear to all, as was the foolishness of Jannes and Jambres.
Struggles in the Christian Life
10But you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose,3:10 Pr 19:21; Ac 11:23 faith, patience, love,3:10 1Co 13:1; 1Jn 4:16 and endurance,
11along with the persecutions and sufferings3:11 Gl 5:24; Php 3:10 that came to me in Antioch,3:11 Ac 13:14; 14:19,21 Iconium,3:11 Ac 13:51; 16:2 and Lystra.3:11 Ac 14:6,8; 27:5 What persecutions I endured — and yet the Lord rescued me from them all.
12In fact, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.3:12 Jn 15:20; Ac 14:22; 2Co 4:9–10
13Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving3:13 Rv 20:10 and being deceived.
14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you,3:14 2Tm 1:13
15and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures,3:15 Mt 26:54; 2Pt 1:20–21 which are able to give you wisdom for salvation3:15 Ac 4:12; 2Co 7:10; Heb 5:9 through faith in Christ Jesus.
16All Scripture is inspired by God3:16 Lit breathed out by God3:16 2Pt 1:20–21 and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,
17so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.3:17 2Co 9:8; Gl 3:10; 1Tm 5:10; 2Tm 2:21