2 Timothy 3:13
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New International Version
while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

New Living Translation
But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.

English Standard Version
while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Berean Study Bible
while evil men and imposters go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Berean Literal Bible
But evil men and imposters will advance to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

New American Standard Bible
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

King James Bible
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.

International Standard Version
But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived.

NET Bible
But evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.

New Heart English Bible
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But evil men and deceivers will add to their evils, as they go astray and deceive.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But evil people and phony preachers will go from bad to worse as they mislead people and are themselves misled.

New American Standard 1977
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

King James 2000 Bible
But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

American King James Version
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

American Standard Version
But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse: erring, and driving into error.

Darby Bible Translation
But wicked men and juggling impostors shall advance in evil, leading and being led astray.

English Revised Version
But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Webster's Bible Translation
But evil men and seducers will become worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Weymouth New Testament
But bad men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, misleading and being misled.

World English Bible
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Young's Literal Translation
and evil men and impostors shall advance to the worse, leading astray and being led astray.
Study Bible
All Scripture is God-Breathed
12Indeed, all who desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil men and imposters go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and firmly believed, since you know from whom you learned them.…
Cross References
Isaiah 44:20
He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"

2 Corinthians 6:8
through glory and dishonor, slander and praise; viewed as imposters, yet genuine;

2 Timothy 2:16
But avoid irreverent and empty chatter, which will only lead to more ungodliness,

Titus 3:3
For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
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But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

evil. See on ver.

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

2 Timothy 2:16,17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more …

2 Thessalonians 2:6-10 And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time…

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

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

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

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 13:14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles …

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you…

being.

Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he …

Ezekiel 14:9,10 And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the …

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they …

(13) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse.--This verse is closely connected with the following (2Timothy 3:14), to which, indeed, it serves as an introduction. 2Timothy 3:14 takes up again the exhortation to Timothy begun in 2Timothy 3:10 : "But thou hast fully known my doctrine," &c. 2Timothy 3:14 takes up the thought: "Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them." Here, in 2Timothy 3:13, these evil men and seducers (or better, perhaps, deceivers) are spoken of as advancing towards the worse. History has borne witness to the accuracy of these prophetic words. The false teachers known to St. Paul and Timothy developed into the leaders of the various wild and speculative Gnostic sects, whose connection with Christianity consisted alone in the name; and each succeeding age has witnessed a development in opposition to the truth as it is in Jesus. In this allusion to the gradual development of hostility to the truth it will hardly be out of place to instance the eighteenth Christian century, when opposition to the teaching of Jesus had reached such a pitch that, with the approval or even the applause of thousands, the most brilliant writer in Europe wrote of Christ and His religion in the well-known words, "Ecrasez l'infame!" while it was reserved for our own century--the nineteenth--to witness the rare, though we believe ephemeral popularity, among so-called Christian peoples of a work which, with honeyed phrases, and in romantic, graceful language, paints the Redeemer of man in the strange and apparently contradictory characters of a loving enthusiast and of a conscious impostor!

Verse 13. - Impostors for seducers, A.V. Evil men (πονηροί). In 2 Timothy 4:18 it is παντὸς ἕργου πονηροῦ. The adjective is applied indifferently to persons and things - evil men, evil servants, evil persons, evil generation, evil spirits, etc., and evil deeds, evil fruits, evil eye, evil works, etc. Satan, the embodiment of evil, is ὁ πονηρός. Impostors (γόντες); only here in the New Testament. In classical Greek γόης is a juggler, a cheat, an enchanter. St. Paul still had the Egyptian magicians in his mind. Shall wax worse and worse (προκόψουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ χεῖρον); see above, ver. 9, note. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,.... By "evil men" are meant, not sinful men in common, as all are by nature and practice; nor only open profane sinners but rather wicked men under a form of godliness, as before; and who are full of wickedness and malice against truly godly persons, even as the devil himself, of whom the same word is used, when he is called the wicked one; and this is a reason why true professors of religion must expect persecution, seeing as there ever were, so there ever will be such sort of men, who will not grow better, but worse and worse. The word for "seducers", signifies sorcerers, enchanters, a sort of jugglers; and as the other, it well suits with the ecclesiastics of the church of Rome, who pretend to miracles, and do lying wonders, and by their sorceries deceive all nations, Revelation 18:23 and these "shall wax worse and worse"; in principle and in practice, in ungodliness, and in error, in wickedness and malice against the saints, and in the arts of deceiving; so the church of Rome is never to be expected to be better, but worse; at the time of the fall of Babylon she will be an habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird, Revelation 18:2

deceiving: not God, but themselves and others even all nations, excepting the elect of God; which they do by their good words and fair speeches, and by their show of devotion and religion, and by their pretended miracles and lying wonders:

and deceived by the old serpent, the devil, under whose power and influence they are, in whose snare they are taken, and by whom they are led captive, and will at last share the same fate with himself, and be cast into the same lake of fire and brimstone. 13. Reason why persecutions must be expected, and these becoming worse and worse as the end approaches. The breach between light and darkness, so far from being healed, shall be widened [Alford].

evil men—in contrast to the "godly" (2Ti 3:12).

seducers—literally, "conjurers." Magical arts prevailed at Ephesus (Ac 19:19), and had been renounced by many Ephesians on embracing Christianity: but now when Paul was writing to Ephesus, symptoms of a return to conjuring tricks appeared: an undesigned coincidence [Burton]. Probably sorcery will characterize the final apostasy (Re 13:15; 18:23; 22:15).

wax worse—literally, "advance in the direction of worse" (see on [2503]2Ti 3:9). Not contradictory to that verse: there the diffusion of the evil was spoken of; here its intensity [Alford].

deceiving, and being deceived—He who has once begun to deceive others, is the less easily able to recover himself from error, and the more easily embraces in turn the errors of others [Bengel].3:10-13 The more fully we know the doctrine of Christ, as taught by the apostles, the more closely we shall cleave to it. When we know the afflictions of believers only in part, they tempt us to decline the cause for which they suffer. A form of godliness, a profession of Christian faith without a godly life, often is allowed to pass, while open profession of the truth as it is in Jesus, and resolute attention to the duties of godliness, stir up the scorn and enmity of the world. As good men, by the grace of God, grow better, so bad men, through the craft of Satan, and the power of their own corruptions, grow worse. The way of sin is down-hill; such go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Those who deceive others, deceive themselves, as they will find at last, to their cost. The history of the outward church, awfully shows that the apostle spake this as he was moved by the Holy Ghost.
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