Above all, understand this: 1 In the last days blatant scoffers 2 will come, being propelled by their own evil urges 3
before the vindictive enemy who ridicules and insults me. 1
How blessed 2 is the one 3 who does not follow 4 the advice 5 of the wicked, 6 or stand in the pathway 7 with sinners, or sit in the assembly 8 of scoffers! 9
So now, do not mock, or your chains will become heavier! For I have heard a message about decreed destruction, from the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, against the entire land. 1
I did not spend my time in the company of other people, laughing and having a good time. I stayed to myself because I felt obligated to you 1 and because I was filled with anger at what they had done.
For tyrants will disappear, those who taunt will vanish, and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated 1 –
‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 1 For I am doing a work in your days, a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’” 2