New International Version
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The love of many shall wax cold - By reason of these trials and persecutions from without, and those apostasies and false prophets from within, the love of many to Christ and his doctrine, and to one another, shall grow cold. Some openly deserting the faith, as Matthew 24:10; others corrupting it, as Matthew 24:11; and others growing indifferent about it, Matthew 24:12. Even at this early period there seems to have been a very considerable defection in several Christian Churches; see Galatians 3:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 3:1, etc.; 2 Timothy 1:15.
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and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
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