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2 Timothy 3:13

    2 Timothy 3:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Evil and false men will become worse and worse, using deceit and themselves overcome by deceit.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for 2 Timothy 3:13

    Wax - To grow; become; advance.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Timothy 3:13

    Evil men and seducers shall wax worse - They will yet get on for a season, deceiving themselves and deceiving others; but, by and by, their folly will become manifest to all, 2 Timothy 3:9. The word γοητες, which we render seducers, signifies jugglers, pretenders to magical arts; probably persons dealing in false miracles, with whom the Church in all ages has been not a little disgraced.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Timothy 3:13

    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.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Timothy 3:13

    3:13 Deceiving and being deceived - He who has once begun to deceive others is both the less likely to recover from his own error, and the more ready to embrace the errors of other men.