2 Timothy - Chapter 3


The King James Version Basic English Version (BBE)

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

1 But be certain of this, that in the last days times of trouble will come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, uplifted in pride, given to bitter words, going against the authority of their fathers, never giving praise, having no religion,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

3 Without natural love, bitter haters, saying evil of others, violent and uncontrolled, hating all good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

4 False to their friends, acting without thought, lifted up in mind, loving pleasure more than God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

5 Having a form of religion, but turning their backs on the power of it: go not with these.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

6 For these are they who go secretly into houses, making prisoners of foolish women, weighted down with sin, turned from the way by their evil desires,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

7 Ever learning, and never coming to the knowledge of what is true.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

8 And as James and Jambres went against Moses, so do these go against what is true: men of evil minds, who, tested by faith, are seen to be false.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

9 But they will go no farther: for their foolish behaviour will be clear to all men, as theirs was in the end.

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

10 But you took as your example my teaching, behaviour, purpose, and faith; my long waiting, my love, my quiet undergoing of trouble;

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

11 My punishments and pain; the things which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; the cruel attacks made on me: and the Lord made me free from them all.

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

12 Yes, and all whose purpose is to be living in the knowledge of God in Christ Jesus, will be cruelly attacked.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

13 Evil and false men will become worse and worse, using deceit and themselves overcome by deceit.

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

14 But see that you keep to the teaching you have been given and the things of which you are certain, conscious of who has been your teacher;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

15 And that from the time when you were a child, you have had knowledge of the holy Writings, which are able to make you wise to salvation, through faith in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

16 Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training, for guiding, for education in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

17 So that the man of God may be complete, trained and made ready for every good work.




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