The character of heretics of latter days: he exhorts Timothy
to constancy. Of the great profit of the knowledge of the Scriptures.
1 Know also this, that, *in the last days, shall come dangerous times:
2 Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked,
3 Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful,
4 Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God:
5 Having an appearance indeed of piety, but denying the power thereof.
Now these avoid:
6 For of this sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly
women loaded with sins, who are led away with divers desires:
7 Always learning, and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as *Jannes and Mambres resisted Moses: so these also resist the truth,
men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no farther: for their folly shall be manifest
to all, as theirs also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith,
long-suffering, love, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions: *such as came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium,
and at Lystra: what persecutions I endured, and out of all the Lord delivered me.
12 And all who will live piously in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men, and seducers, shall grow worse and worse: erring, and
driving into error.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned, and which have
been committed to thee: knowing of whom thou hast learned.
15 And because from thy infancy thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which
can instruct thee unto salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 *All Scripture divinely inspired is profitable to teach, to reprove,
to correct, to instruct in justice:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, furnished unto every good work.
1: 1 Timothy iv. 1.; 2 Peter iii. 3.; Jude i. 1. and 18.
8: Exodus vii. 11.
11: Acts i. 4. and following.
16: 2 Peter i. 20.