2 Thessalonians 2:7
New International Version
For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.

New Living Translation
For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.

English Standard Version
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

Berean Study Bible
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way.

Berean Literal Bible
For the mystery of lawlessness is working already; there is only the one at present restraining it, until he might be gone out of the midst.

New American Standard Bible
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.

King James Bible
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Christian Standard Bible
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way,

Contemporary English Version
His mysterious power is already at work, but someone is holding him back. And the wicked one won't appear until this someone is out of the way.

Good News Translation
The Mysterious Wickedness is already at work, but what is going to happen will not happen until the one who holds it back is taken out of the way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way,

International Standard Version
For the secret of this lawlessness is already at work, but only until the person now holding it back gets out of the way.

NET Bible
For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way,

New Heart English Bible
For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The mystery of evil has even now begun to work within, only if that which now controls will be taken from the midst;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mystery of this sin is already at work. But it cannot work effectively until the person now holding it back gets out of the way.

New American Standard 1977
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the mystery of iniquity is already working, except that he who dominates now will dominate until he is taken out of the way.

King James 2000 Bible
For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now restrains will do so, until he be taken out of the way.

American King James Version
For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.

American Standard Version
For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way.

Darby Bible Translation
For the mystery of lawlessness already works; only [there is] he who restrains now until he be gone,

English Revised Version
For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now restraineth will restrain, until he be taken out of the way.

Weymouth New Testament
For lawlessness is already at work in secret; but only until the man who is now exercising a restraining influence is removed,

World English Bible
For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.

Young's Literal Translation
for the secret of the lawlessness doth already work, only he who is keeping down now will hinder -- till he may be out of the way,
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
The Man of Lawlessness
6And you know what is now restraining him, so that he will be revealed at the proper time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and abolish by the majesty of His arrival.…
Cross References
2 Thessalonians 2:6
And you know what is now restraining him, so that he will be revealed at the proper time.

Revelation 17:5
On her forehead a mysterious name was written: Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.

Revelation 17:7
"Why are you astonished?" said the angel. "I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.

Treasury of Scripture

For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.

the mystery.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

Revelation 17:5,7 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, …

doth.

Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter …

Colossians 2:18-23 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and …

2 Timothy 2:17,18 And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus…

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that …

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in …

he who.

2 Thessalonians 2:6 And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

mystery
μυστήριον (mystērion)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3466: From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'.

of lawlessness
ἀνομίας (anomias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 458: Lawlessness, iniquity, disobedience, sin. From anomos; illegality, i.e. Violation of law or wickedness.

{is} already
ἤδη (ēdē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2235: Already; now at length, now after all this waiting. Apparently from e and de; even now.

at work,
ἐνεργεῖται (energeitai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1754: From energes; to be active, efficient.

but
μόνον (monon)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3440: Alone, but, only. Neuter of monos as adverb; merely.

the [one who]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

now
ἄρτι (arti)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 737: Now, just now, at this moment. Adverb from a derivative of airo through the idea of suspension; just now.

restrains [it]
κατέχων (katechōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2722: From kata and echo; to hold down, in various applications.

[will continue] until
ἕως (heōs)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2193: A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until.

he is taken
γένηται (genētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

out of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

[the] way.
μέσου (mesou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3319: Middle, in the middle, between, in the midst of. From meta; middle (neuter) noun).
(7) For.--Logically, the "for" belongs to the clause "he that letteth;" thus:" For, although the mystery is already at work, the wicked one will not be revealed until he that now withholds shall disappear."

The mystery of iniquity doth already work.--Both "mystery" and "iniquity" have the article in the Greek, perhaps (as in 2Thessalonians 2:3) because the phrase was well known to the Thessalonians. Lawlessness is a more literal rendering than "iniquity"; the same word in 1John 3:4 is rendered "the transgression of the law." The word "mystery" in Greek does not necessarily involve any notion of mysteriousness in our modern sense. It means a secret (which may be, in its own nature, quite simple) known to the initiated, but incapable of being known until it is divulged. Here the whole emphasis is thrown, by a very peculiar order of the Greek words, upon the word "mystery." It may be paraphrased thus:--"For as a secret, into which the world is not yet initiated, that lawlessness is already at work." Thus the word "mystery" stands in sharp contrast with the word "revealed" in 2Thessalonians 2:6; 2Thessalonians 2:8 : the time for publishing, openly avowing, the secret is not yet come. To whom, then, is the mystery of that lawlessness now known? Not to all those who are contributing to its ultimate manifestation, for most of them are deceived by it (2Thessalonians 2:10), and, while sharers in the Apostasy, still believe themselves members of the Church. The mystery is known to God, and (1) to enlightened Christians like St. Paul; (2) to Satan and a few Satanic men who avow to themselves their real object in joining the movement. Though the mystery is said to work (the verb expresses an inward activity, e.g., 1Thessalonians 2:13, Romans 7:5, like that of leaven on the lump), it is not a personal thing, not (like "Man of Sin," "that which withholdeth,") a covert description of any person or set of persons; it is solely the unavowed design which is gradually gaining influence over men's hearts: it is the same movement as the "falling away" of 2Thessalonians 2:3. In several places (e.g., 2Peter 2:1 et seq.; Jude 1:18 et seq.) the coarser side of the "falling away" is spoken of, but here the "lawlessness" seems not so much to mean ordinary antinomianism as insubordination to God--rebellion.

Only he. . . .--More correctly, Only [it cannot be revealed] until he that now withholdeth disappear from the midst. The English version has obscured the meaning by putting "letteth," although the word is precisely the same as in 2Thessalonians 2:6--the only difference being that there it was neuter: "the thing which withholdeth;" while here it is masculine:" he." Evidently to St. Paul's mind there was a great obstructive power, which was gathered up in, and wielded by, the person so described:" he

Verse 7. - For the mystery. "Mystery" here denotes something which was unknown or secret before it was revealed (comp. Ephesians 3:3-5). So also one of the names of Babylon, the seat of the antichristian power, is Mystery (Revelation 17:3). Of iniquity; rather, of lawlessness; namely, this apostasy which shall precede the coming of the man of sin. The genitive here is that of apposition - "that mystery which is lawlessness," whose essence and sphere of operation is lawlessness. Doth already work; or, is already working. The mystery of iniquity even now works in secret; but the man of sin himself will not appear until the restraining power be removed. Even at the time the apostle wrote the seeds of apostasy were already sown; the leaven of lawlessness was fermenting inside Christianity; the foundations of a false Christianity were being laid. Thus the apostle warned the Ephesians that false teachers would arise from among themselves; to Timothy he writes of those perilous times which were then present; and, in his Epistles, mention is made of false practices and doctrines, such as the worship of angels, abstinence from meats, bodily mortifications, and the honour conferred on celibacy. So also John, in his First Epistle, refers to this working of this antichristian power when he says, "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists .... Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (1 John 2:18; 1 John 4:3). "Antichrist does not step on the scene suddenly without any preparations; on the contrary, a stream of anti-christian sentiment and conduct pervades the whole history of the world" (Olshausen). Only he that now letteth; or, restraineth, the old meaning of the word "let." Will let. These words are not in the original, and ought to be omitted. Until he be taken out of the way. The whole clause ought to be rendered, "The mystery of lawlessness is already working, only until he who restraineth is removed;" when that takes place, when the restraining influence is removed, the mystery of lawlessness will no longer work secretly, but will be openly manifested. 2:5-12 Something hindered or withheld the man of sin. It is supposed to be the power of the Roman empire, which the apostle did not mention more plainly at that time. Corruption of doctrine and worship came in by degrees, and the usurping of power was gradual; thus the mystery of iniquity prevailed. Superstition and idolatry were advanced by pretended devotion, and bigotry and persecution were promoted by pretended zeal for God and his glory. This mystery of iniquity was even then begun; while the apostles were yet living, persons pretended zeal for Christ, but really opposed him. The fall or ruin of the antichristian state is declared. The pure word of God, with the Spirit of God, will discover this mystery of iniquity, and in due time it shall be destroyed by the brightness of Christ's coming. Signs and wonders, visions and miracles, are pretended; but they are false signs to support false doctrines; and lying wonders, or only pretended miracles, to cheat the people; and the diabolical deceits with which the antichristian state has been supported, are notorious. The persons are described, who are his willing subjects. Their sin is this; They did not love the truth, and therefore did not believe it; and they were pleased with false notions. God leaves them to themselves, then sin will follow of course, and spiritual judgments here, and eternal punishments hereafter. These prophecies have, in a great measure, come to pass, and confirm the truth of the Scriptures. This passage exactly agrees with the system of popery, as it prevails in the Romish church, and under the Romish popes. But though the son of perdition has been revealed, though he has opposed and exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; and has spoken and acted as if he were a god upon earth, and has proclaimed his insolent pride, and supported his delusions, by lying miracles and all kinds of frauds; still the Lord has not yet fully destroyed him with the brightness of his coming; that and other prophecies remain to be fulfilled before the end shall come.
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