2 Timothy 3:13
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
But evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves.

Good News Translation
and evil persons and impostors will keep on going from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.

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 people 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. His deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

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.

Treasury of Scripture

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

evil.

2 Timothy 3:8
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

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

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

being.

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

Isaiah 44:20
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Ezekiel 14:9,10
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel…







Lexicon
while
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

evil
πονηροὶ (ponēroi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4190: Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.

men
ἄνθρωποι (anthrōpoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

imposters
γόητες (goētes)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1114: A conjuror, juggler, sorcerer; a tricky (crafty) deceiver, imposter. From goao; properly, a wizard, i.e. an imposter.

go [from bad]
προκόψουσιν (prokopsousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4298: From pro and kopto; to drive forward, i.e. to advance.

to
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

worse,
χεῖρον (cheiron)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 5501: Worse, more severe. Irregular comparative of kakos; from an obsolete equivalent cheres; more evil or aggravated.

deceiving
πλανῶντες (planōntes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4105: To lead astray, deceive, cause to wander. From plane; to roam.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

being deceived.
πλανώμενοι (planōmenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4105: To lead astray, deceive, cause to wander. From plane; to roam.
(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. 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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