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.

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

New King James Version
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

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

NASB 1995
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

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

Amplified Bible
But evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

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

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

American Standard Version
But evil men and impostors shall wax 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
and evil men and impostors will advance to the worse, leading astray and being led astray.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 have 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, empty chatter, which will only lead to more ungodliness,

Titus 3:3
For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, and enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures--living in malice and envy, being hated 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…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

men
ἄνθρωποι (anthrōpoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 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 2532: And, even, also, namely.

imposters
γόητες (goētes)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 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 4298: From pro and kopto; to drive forward, i.e. to advance.

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

worse,
χεῖρον (cheiron)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular - Comparative
Strong's 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 4105: To lead astray, deceive, cause to wander. From plane; to roam.

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

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


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