2 Timothy 3:1
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New International Version
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

New Living Translation
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.

English Standard Version
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

New American Standard Bible
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

King James Bible
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days.

International Standard Version
You must realize, however, that in the last days difficult times will come.

NET Bible
But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you should know this, that in the last days hard times will come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time.

Jubilee Bible 2000
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

King James 2000 Bible
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

American King James Version
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

American Standard Version
But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times.

Darby Bible Translation
But this know, that in [the] last days difficult times shall be there;

English Revised Version
But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come.

Webster's Bible Translation
This know also, that in the last days perilous times will come.

Weymouth New Testament
But of this be assured: in the last days grievous times will set in.

World English Bible
But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.

Young's Literal Translation
And this know thou, that in the last days there shall come perilous times,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-9 Even in gospel times there would be perilous times; on account of persecution from without, still more on account of corruptions within. Men love to gratify their own lusts, more than to please God and do their duty. When every man is eager for what he can get, and anxious to keep what he has, this makes men dangerous to one another. When men do not fear God, they will not regard man. When children are disobedient to their parents, that makes the times perilous. Men are unholy and without the fear of God, because unthankful for the mercies of God. We abuse God's gifts, if we make them the food and fuel of our lusts. Times are perilous also, when parents are without natural affection to children. And when men have no rule over their own spirits, but despise that which is good and to be honoured. God is to be loved above all; but a carnal mind, full of enmity against him, prefers any thing before him, especially carnal pleasure. A form of godliness is very different from the power; from such as are found to be hypocrites, real Christians must withdraw. Such persons have been found within the outward church, in every place, and at all times. There ever have been artful men, who, by pretences and flatteries, creep into the favour and confidence of those who are too easy of belief, ignorant, and fanciful. All must be ever learning to know the Lord; but these follow every new notion, yet never seek the truth as it is in Jesus. Like the Egyptian magicians, these were men of corrupt minds, prejudiced against the truth, and found to be quite without faith. Yet though the spirit of error may be let loose for a time, Satan can deceive the nations and the churches no further, and no longer, than God will permit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - But know this for this know also, A.V.; grievous for perilous, A.V. Grievous times (καιροὶ χαλεποί). "Grievous" is not a very good rendering. "Perilous," though in some contexts it is a right rendering, is a little too restricted here. "Difficult," "trying," "uneasy," or the like, is nearer the sense. They are times when a Christian hardly knows which way to turn or what to do. He has to live under a constant sense of hindrance and difficulty of one sort or another.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

This know also,.... That not only men of bad principles and practices are in the churches now, as before described in the preceding chapter, but that in succeeding ages there would be worse men, if possible, and the times would be still worse; this the apostle had, and delivered by a spirit of prophecy, and informed Timothy, and others of it, that he and they might be prepared for such events, and fortified against them:

that in the last days perilous times shall come; "or hard" and difficult times to live in; not by reason of the outward calamities, as badness of trade, scarcity of provisions, the ravages of the sword, &c. but by reason of the wickedness of men, and that not of the profane world, but of professors of religion; for they are the persons afterwards described, who will make the times they live in difficult to others, to live soberly, righteously, and godly; the days will be evil, because of these evil men: or they will be "troublesome" times, very afflicting and distressing to pious minds; as the places and times, and men and customs of them were to Lot, David, Isaiah, and others: and also "dangerous" ones to the souls of men; who will be beguiled by their fair speeches, and specious pretences, to follow their pernicious ways, which will bring destruction upon them; their doctrines will eat as a gangrene, and their evil communications will corrupt good manners, before observed. And these times will be "in the last days" of the apostolic age, and onward to the end of the world: the Jews generally understand by this phrase, when used in the Old Testament, the days of the Messiah; and which are the last days of the world, in comparison of the times before the law, from Adam to Moses, and under the law, from thence to Christ; and even in the times of the apostles, at least towards the close of them, great numbers of men rose up under the Christian name, to whom the following characters well agree, as the Gnostics, and others; and who paved the way for the man of sin, the Romish antichrist, whose priests and votaries are here likewise described to the life: so that these last days may take in the general defection and apostasy of the church of Rome, as well as those times, which followed the apostles, and those which will usher in the second coming of Christ. The Ethiopic version renders it, "in the latter days will come an evil, or bad year".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 3

2Ti 3:1-17. Coming Evil Days: Signs of Evil Already: Contrast in the Doctrine and Life of Paul, Which Timothy Should Follow in Accordance with His Early Training in Scripture.

1. also—Greek, "but."

last days—preceding Christ's second coming (2Pe 3:3; Jude 18). "The latter times," 1Ti 4:1, refer to a period not so remote as "the last days," namely, the long days of papal and Greek anti-Christianity.

perilous—literally, "difficult times," in which it is difficult to know what is to be done: "grievous times."

shall come—Greek, "shall be imminent"; "shall come unexpectedly" [Bengel].

2 Timothy 3:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Evil in the Last Days
1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,…
Cross References
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

Jude 1:18
They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires."
Treasury of Scripture

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

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2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called to his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, …

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Jeremiah 48:47 Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, …

Jeremiah 49:39 But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again …

Ezekiel 38:16 And you shall come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to …

Daniel 10:14 Now I am come to make you understand what shall befall your people …

Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD …

Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of …

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that …

Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember you the words which were spoken before of …

perilous.

Daniel 7:8,20-25 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another …

Daniel 8:8-14 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the …

Daniel 11:36-45 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, …

Daniel 12:1,7,11 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands …

2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, …

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

Revelation 8:1-17:18 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven …

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