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2 Timothy 3:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But evil men and impostors will proceed [from bad] to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But evil men and seducers will become worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But wicked men and juggling impostors shall advance in evil, leading and being led astray.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Whereas, wicked men and howling impostors, will force their way to the worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and evil men and impostors shall advance to the worse, leading astray and being led astray.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse: erring, and driving into error,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But euill men and seducers shall waxe worse and worse, deceiuing, and being deceiued.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But wicked men and seducers add to their wickedness, deceiving, and being deceived.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But evil and seducing men will add to their wickedness, while they deceive and are deceived.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
evil 4190
{4190} Prime
πονηρός
poneros
{pon-ay-ros'}
From a derivative of G4192; hurtful, that is, evil (properly in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, that is, derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners.
men 444
{0444} Prime
ἄνθρωπος
anthropos
{anth'-ro-pos}
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
seducers 1114
{1114} Prime
γόης
goes
{go'-ace}
From γοάω [[goao]] (to wail); properly a wizard (as muttering spells), that is, (by implication) an impostor.
shall wax y4298
[4298] Standard
προκόπτω
prokopto
{prok-op'-to}
From G4253 and G2875; to drive forward (as if by beating), that is, (figuratively and intransitively) to advance (in amount, to grow; in time, to be well along).
z5692
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
worse and worse, 1909
{1909} Prime
ἐπί
epi
{ep-ee'}
A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.
5501
{5501} Prime
χείρων
cheiron
{khi'-rone}
Irregular comparative of G2556; from an obsolete equivalent χέρης [[cheres]] (of uncertain derivation); more evil or aggravated (physically, mentally or morally).
x4298
(4298) Complement
προκόπτω
prokopto
{prok-op'-to}
From G4253 and G2875; to drive forward (as if by beating), that is, (figuratively and intransitively) to advance (in amount, to grow; in time, to be well along).
deceiving, 4105
{4105} Prime
πλανάω
planao
{plan-ah'-o}
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
being deceived. 4105
{4105} Prime
πλανάω
planao
{plan-ah'-o}
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
z5746
<5746> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 360
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Timothy 3:13

_ _ Reason why persecutions must be expected, and these becoming worse and worse as the end approaches. The breach between light and darkness, so far from being healed, shall be widened [Alford].

_ _ evil men — in contrast to the “godly” (2 Timothy 3:12).

_ _ seducers — literally, “conjurers.” Magical arts prevailed at Ephesus (Acts 19:19), and had been renounced by many Ephesians on embracing Christianity: but now when Paul was writing to Ephesus, symptoms of a return to conjuring tricks appeared: an undesigned coincidence [Burton]. Probably sorcery will characterize the final apostasy (Revelation 13:15; Revelation 18:23; Revelation 22:15).

_ _ wax worse — literally, “advance in the direction of worse” (see on 2 Timothy 3:9). Not contradictory to that verse: there the diffusion of the evil was spoken of; here its intensity [Alford].

_ _ deceiving, and being deceived — He who has once begun to deceive others, is the less easily able to recover himself from error, and the more easily embraces in turn the errors of others [Bengel].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Timothy 3:10-17.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Timothy 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Timothy 3:13

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

(d) Their wickedness will daily increase.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
evil:

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
2 Timothy 2:16-17 But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. ... And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
2 Thessalonians 2:6-10 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. ... And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

being:

Job 12:16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his.
Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, [Is there] not a lie in my right hand?
Ezekiel 14:9-10 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. ... And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh [unto him];
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
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