1Remember, the final age of this world is to be a time of turmoil! 2People will love nothing but self and money; they will be boastful, arrogant, and abusive; disobedient to parents, devoid of gratitude, piety, 3and natural affection; they will be implacable in their hatreds, scandalmongers, uncontrolled and violent, hostile to all goodness, 4perfidious, foolhardy, swollen with self-importance. They will love their pleasures more than their God. 5While preserving the outward form of religion, they are a standing denial of its power. Keep clear of them. 6They are the sort that insinuate themselves into private houses and there get silly women into their clutches, women burdened with sins and carried away by all kinds of desires, 7always wanting to be taught but incapable of attaining to a knowledge of the truth. 8As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men oppose the truth; their warped minds disqualify them from grasping the faith. 9Their successes will be short-lived; like those opponents of Moses, they will come to be recognized by everyone for the fools they are.
10But you, my son, have observed closely my teaching and manner of life, my resolution, my faithfulness, patience, and spirit of love, and my fortitude 11under persecution and suffering—all I went through at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra, and the persecutions I endured; and from all of them the Lord rescued me. 12Persecution will indeed come to everyone who wants to live a godly life as a follower of Christ Jesus, 13whereas evildoers and charlatans will progress from bad to worse, deceiving and deceived. 14But for your part, stand by the truths you have learned and are assured of. Remember from whom you learned them; 15remember that from early childhood you have been familiar with the sacred writings which have power to make you wise and lead you to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, or for reformation of manners and discipline in right living, 17so that the man of God may be capable and equipped for good work of every kind.