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3:1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.
3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3:3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,
3:4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also.
3:6 For some of these are people who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
3:7 always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
3:8 Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also oppose the truth; men corrupted in mind, who concerning the faith, are rejected.
3:9 But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be.
3:10 But you did follow my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness,
3:11 persecutions, and sufferings: those things that happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions. Out of them all the Lord delivered me.
3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
3:14 But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
3:15 From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
3:16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness,
3:17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
4:1 I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom:
4:2 preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching.
4:3 For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts;
4:4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.
4:5 But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.
4:6 For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come.
4:7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.
4:8 From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing.
4:9 Be diligent to come to me soon,
4:10 for Demas left me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
4:12 But I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
4:13 Bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus when you come, and the books, especially the parchments.
4:14 Alexander, the coppersmith, did much evil to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works,
4:15 of whom you also must beware; for he greatly opposed our words.
4:16 At my first defense, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them.
4:17 But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
4:18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
4:19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus.
4:20 Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus sick.
4:21 Be diligent to come before winter. Eubulus salutes you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.
4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

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