2:15 Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately. 1 2:16 But avoid profane chatter, 2 because those occupied with it will stray further and further into ungodliness, 3 2:17 and their message will spread its infection 4 like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are in this group. 5 2:18 They have strayed from the truth 6 by saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and they are undermining some people’s faith. 2:19 However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” 7 and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord 8 must turn away from evil.”
2:20 Now in a wealthy home 9 there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also ones made of wood and of clay, and some are for honorable use, but others for ignoble use. 10 2:21 So if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, 11 he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.