2 Timothy 3:1-9

People will turn away from God in the last days

1 Let me tell you this. During the last days of this world, there will be times of great trouble. 2 People will love only themselves, and they will want lots of money for themselves. They will be proud and they will say how great they are. They will insult other people. They will not obey their parents. They will not thank anyone that helps them. They will not respect anything that is good. 3 They will not be kind to other people, but they will like to quarrel. They will tell lies to hurt other people. They will be unable to rule themselves properly. They will be cruel, like wild animals. They will hate anything that is good. 4 People will turn against their friends. They will do silly things and not think carefully about it. They will be sure that they are very important. They will not love God, but instead they will only want to enjoy themselves. 5 Those people will seem to be serving God. But really they refuse to accept God's power to help them. You must stay away from people like that.

6 Among those people, there are some men who get into people's homes. They get power over silly women who feel very guilty about their sins. Those women want to do wrong things and they cannot stop themselves. 7 These women are always trying to learn new things. But they can never really understand God's true message. 8 These false teachers speak against God's true message, in the same way that Jannes and Jambres spoke against Moses. Their minds have become confused. The way that they serve God is false. 9 But they will not continue to do many more bad things. Everyone will see clearly that they are fools. That is just what happened to Jannes and Jambres.

3:8The Bible does not tell us about Jannes and Jambres. But they may have been men from Egypt, many years ago. They did magic for the king of Egypt. See Exodus 7:11-12, 22; 8:7, 18-19; 9:11.