2 Thessalonians 2:7
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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.

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.

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.

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,

2 Thessalonians 2:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Mystery of iniquity (μυστήριον τῆς ἀνομίας)

Better, of lawlessness. The phrase is unique in N.T. and olxx. Mystery is found in various combinations, as mystery of the kingdom of heaven, Matthew 13:11 : of God, 1 Corinthians 2:1 : of his will, Ephesians 1:9 : of Christ, Ephesians 3:4 : of the gospel, Ephesians 6:19 : of faith, 1 Timothy 3:9 : of godliness, 1 Timothy 3:16 : of the seven stars Revelation 1:20 : of the woman, Revelation 17:7. A mystery does not lie in the obscurity of a thing, but in its secrecy. It is not in the thing, but envelops it. Applied to a truth, it signifies a truth once hidden but now revealed or to be revealed; a truth which without special revelation would be unknown. It is almost universally found in connection with words signifying publication or revelation. See on Matthew 13:11. The mystery of lawlessness is the mass of lawlessness yet hidden, but which is to reveal itself in the person and power of Antichrist. The position of the word is emphatic, emphasizing the concealed character of the evil power.

Only (μόνον)

The sentence is elliptical: "only we must wait," or "only it must work in secret, until he that letteth," etc. For a similar instance see Galatians 2:10. The collocation of A.V. is wrong.

Letteth (κατέχων)

The same word as restraineth, 2 Thessalonians 2:6. Let is old English for hinder, prevent. Often in Chaucer.

"May I him lette of that?" (prevent him from it).

Troil. and Cress. ii.732.

"And bothe in love y-like sore they brente (burned)

That noon or alle hir (their) frendes might hit lette."

Legend of Good Women, 731.

So Shakespeare:

"What lets but one may enter?"

continued...

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the mystery.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels...

Revelation 17:5,7 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH...

doth.

Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

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

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 antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists...

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist...

he who.

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

Cross References
2 Thessalonians 2:6
And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.

Revelation 17:5
And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: "Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations."

Revelation 17:7
But the angel said to me, "Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her.

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