Matthew 24:12
New International Version
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,

New Living Translation
Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.

English Standard Version
And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Berean Study Bible
Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

Berean Literal Bible
And because lawlessness is to be multiplied, the love of the many will grow cold.

New American Standard Bible
"Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.

New King James Version
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

King James Bible
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Christian Standard Bible
Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.

Contemporary English Version
Evil will spread and cause many people to stop loving others.

Good News Translation
Such will be the spread of evil that many people's love will grow cold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.

International Standard Version
and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many people will grow cold.

NET Bible
and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold.

New Heart English Bible
And because lawlessness is multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And because of the abundance of evil, the love of many will grow cold.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people's love will grow cold.

New American Standard 1977
“And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And because lawlessness shall abound, the charity of many shall wax cold.

King James 2000 Bible
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold.

American King James Version
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

American Standard Version
And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold.

Darby Bible Translation
and because lawlessness shall prevail, the love of the most shall grow cold;

English Revised Version
And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold.

Webster's Bible Translation
And because iniquity will abound, the love of many will become cold.

Weymouth New Testament
and because of the prevalent disregard of God's law the love of the great majority will grow cold;

World English Bible
Because iniquity will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.

Young's Literal Translation
and because of the abounding of the lawlessness, the love of the many shall become cold;
Study Bible
Witnessing to All Nations
11and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. 12Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. 13But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:11
and many false prophets will arise and mislead many.

Matthew 24:13
But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.

James 1:21
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly receive the word planted in you, which can save your souls.

Revelation 2:4
But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love.

Treasury of Scripture

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

because.

James 4:1-4
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? …

James 5:1-6
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you

the love.

Revelation 2:4,5,10
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love…

Revelation 3:15
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Lexicon
Because of
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

the multiplication
πληθυνθῆναι (plēthynthēnai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Passive
Strong's Greek 4129: To increase, multiply. From another form of plethos; to increase.

of wickedness,
ἀνομίαν (anomian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 458: Lawlessness, iniquity, disobedience, sin. From anomos; illegality, i.e. Violation of law or wickedness.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

love
ἀγάπη (agapē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

of
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

most
πολλῶν (pollōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.

will grow cold.
ψυγήσεται (psygēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5594: To cool, pass: I grow cold. A primary verb; to breathe, i.e. to chill.
(12) Because iniquity shall abound . . .--Better, lawlessness. No word could more fitly represent the condition of Judaea in the time just referred to: brigandage, massacres, extortion, assassination, came to be common things.

The love of many . . .--Better, of the many; the greater part of the true Israel who would be found in the Church of Christ; perhaps, also, the greater part of the nation as such. This was the natural result of the condition of things implied in the "lawlessness." The tendency of all such times, as seen in the histories of famines, and pestilences, and revolutions, is to intensify selfishness, both in the more excusable form of self-preservation, and in the darker form of self-aggrandisement. In the tendency to "forsake the assembling of themselves together" among the Hebrew Christians, we have, perhaps, one instance of the love waxing cold (Hebrews 10:25).

Verse 12. - Because iniquity shall abound (πληθυνθῆναι, is multiplied). The word rendered "iniquity" is ἀνομία, "lawlessness," general immorality and licence. Impatience of rule and discipline, connivance at and imitation of heathen practices, reacted upon the faith of believers, undermined steadfast adherence to principle. Then was the power of "that wicked one" (ὁ ἄνομος, 2 Thessalonians 2:8) exercised and seen in the lapse of the unstable. The love of many (τῶν πολλῶν, the many, the majority) shall wax cold. "Love" (ἀγάπη) here is used in its general and comprehensive sense, as having God as its chief object and man in subordination thereto. The troubles and persecutions that shall beset believers, the spirit of worldliness and self-seeking that a timid faith encourages, will issue in loosening dependence upon God and trust in his providential care; and internal dissensions will destroy that brotherly love which ought to be characteristic of Christians. Of this lack of energetic love the Lord speaks in his warnings to the Church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:16), "Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
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