New American Standard Bible
"Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.
King James Bible
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Darby Bible Translation
and because lawlessness shall prevail, the love of the most shall 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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And because iniquity ... - The word "iniquity" here seems to include the cruelty of the Jews and Romans in their persecutions; the betraying of Christians by those who professed to be such; and the pernicious errors of false prophets arid others. The effect of all this would be, that the ardor of feeling of many Christians would be lessened. The word "wax" means to "become." It is an old Saxon word, not used now in this sense except in the Bible. The fear of death, and the deluding influence of false teachers, would lessen the zeal of many timid and weak professors; perhaps, also, of many real but feeble Christians.
LibraryWatching for the King
'Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh. 45. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season! 46. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"And Watch unto Prayer. "
Third Sunday Before Lent
The vineyard and Its Keepers
"Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
"But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
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