14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken
before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment
of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts,
4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep,
all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3Without natural affection, trucebreakers,
false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good,
4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures
more than lovers of God;
5Having a form of godliness, but denying the
power thereof: from such turn away.
34Awake to righteousness, and sin not;
for some have not the knowledge of God:
I speak this to your shame.
57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding
in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Mark 4:11-25 (Amplified Bible)
11And He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, [a]the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [[b]of our circle] everything becomes a parable,
12In order that they may [indeed] look and look but not see and perceive, and may hear and hear but not grasp and comprehend, [c]lest haply they should turn again, and it [[d]their willful rejection of the truth] should be forgiven them.(A)
13And He said to them, Do you not discern and understand this parable? How then is it possible for you to discern and understand all the parables?
14The sower sows the Word.
15The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them.
16And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy;
17And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.
18And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word;
19Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
20And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit--some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.
21And He said to them, Is the lamp brought in to be put under a [e]peck measure or under a bed, and not [to be put] on the lampstand?
22[[f]Things are hidden temporarily only as a means to revelation.] For there is nothing hidden except to be revealed, nor is anything [temporarily] kept secret except in order that it may be made known.
23If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend.
24And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [g][of thought and study] you give [to [h]the truth you hear] will be the measure [i][of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
25For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [[j]by force],