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.
Darby Bible Translation
But wicked men and juggling impostors shall advance in evil, leading and being led astray.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse - That is, it is the character of such men to do this; they may be expected to do it. This is the general law of depravity - that if men are not converted, they are always growing worse, and sinking deeper into iniquity. Their progress will be certain, though it may be gradual, since "nemo repente turpissimus." The connection here is this: that Timothy was not to expect that he would be exempt from persecution 2 Timothy 3:12, by any change for the better in the wicked men referred to. He was to anticipate in them the operation of the general law in regard to bad men and seducers - that they would grow worse and worse. From this fact, he was to regard it as certain that he, as well as others, would be liable to be persecuted. The word rendered "seducers" - γόης goēs - occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means, properly, a "juggler, or diviner;" and then, a "deceiver, or impostor." Here it refers to those who by seductive arts, lead persons into error.
Deceiving - Making others believe that to be true and right, which is false and wrong. This was, of course, done by seductive arts.
And being deceived - Under delusion themselves. The advocates of error are often themselves as really under deception, as those whom they impose upon. They are often sincere in the belief of error, and then they are under a delusion; or, if they are insincere, they are equally deluded in supposing that they can make error pass for truth before God, or can deceive the Searcher of hearts. The worst victims of delusion are those who attempt to delude others.
LibraryThe Author to the Reader.
CHRISTIAN READER,--After the foregoing address, I need not put thee to much more trouble: only I shall say, that he must needs be a great stranger in our Israel, or sadly smitten with that epidemic plague of indifferency, which hath infected many of this generation, to a benumbing of them, and rendering them insensible and unconcerned in the matters of God, and of their own souls, and sunk deep in the gulf of dreadful inconsideration, who seeth not, or taketh no notice of, nor is troubled at the …
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life
Appendix i. Pseudepigraphic Writings
Enmity Between Man and Satan
Letter xxii (Circa A. D. 1129) to Simon, Abbot of S. Nicholas
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
by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;
2 Timothy 2:16
But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
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