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KNOW this, that in the last days disastrous times will come.
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And men shall be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, proud, conceited, blasphemers, disobedient to their own people, ungrateful, wicked,
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False accusers, addicts to lust, brutal, haters of good things,
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Traitors, hasty, boasters, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
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Having a form of godliness, but far from the power of God;
from such turn away.
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For of this sort are those who creep into houses and captivate women sunken in sin, led away with divers lusts,
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Ever striving to learn, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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Now just as Jannes and Jambres stood up against Moses, so do these also resist the truth, men of corrupt minds and far off from the faith.
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But they shall not progress, for their folly is well known to every man, even as that of the others also was.
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¶ But you have been a follower of my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith, patience, charity, love, steadfastness,
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Persecution, and sorrows;
you know the things which I endured at Antioch and at Iconium and at Lystra;
how I was persecuted, and yet from all these my Lord delivered me.
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Likewise, all those who wish to live a godly life in Jesus Christ shall suffer persecution.
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But bad and deceptive men shall grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
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But hold fast to the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
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And knowing that you have learned from your childhood the holy scriptures which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
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All scripture written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness;
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So that God’s people may become complete, thoroughly perfected for every good work.