12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
12 Verse 12. The love of many shall wax cold.] By reason of these
trials and persecutions from without, and those apostasies and
false prophets from within, the love of many to Christ and his
doctrine, and to one another, shall grow cold. Some openly
deserting the faith, as ; others corrupting it, as
; and others growing indifferent about it, .
Even at this early period there seems to have been a very
considerable defection in several Christian Churches; see
; , &c.; .