2 Thessalonians 2
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

The Man of Lawlessness

1Now concerning the cominga of our Lordb Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, 2not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spiritc or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lordd, e has come.f 3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasyg comes first and the man of lawlessnessh is revealed, the son of destruction. 4He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called godi or object of worship,j so that he sitsk in God’s sanctuary,l publicizing that he himself is God.

5Don’t you remember that when I was still with you I told you about this? 6And you know what currently restrains him, so that he will be revealed in his time.m 7For the mystery of lawlessnessn is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way, 8and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His moutho and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming. 9The coming of the lawless one is based on Satan’s working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,p 10and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.q 11For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, 12so that all will be condemnedr — those who did not believes the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.

Stand Firm

13But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginningt God has chosenu you for salvation through sanctificationv by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the gloryw of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15Therefore, brothers, stand firmx and hold to the traditions you were taught,y either by our message or by our letter.

16May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has lovedz us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.

a. 2:1 1Th 1:10; 1Jn 2:28
b. 2:1 Rv 11:8
c. 2:2 1Jn 4:1
d. 2:2 Other mss read Christ
e. 2:2 Mt 25:13; Ac 2:20; Php 1:6
f. 2:2 2Tm 2:18; 1Jn 2:28
g. 2:3 Or rebellion
h. 2:3 Other mss read man of sin
i. 2:4 1Co 8:5
j. 2:4 Is 14:12-15; Ezk 28:2; Ac 17:23
k. 2:4 Other mss add as God
l. 2:4 Or temple
m. 2:6 Lk 21:8
n. 2:7 Mt 13:41
o. 2:8 Is 11:4; 30:28
p. 2:9 Mt 24:24; Mk 13:22; Rv 13:13
q. 2:10 Ac 16:30; Eph 2:8
r. 2:12 Jn 5:22-30
s. 2:12 Jn 6:64
t. 2:13 Other mss read because as a firstfruit
u. 2:13 Rm 9:11; 11:5; Eph 1:4; 1Th 1:4
v. 2:13 Rm 6:19; 1Co 1:30; 1Th 4:3; 1Tm 2:15; Heb 12:14; 1Pt 1:2
w. 2:14 Lk 9:32; Jn 17:24; 2Co 3:18; 1Pt 5:1,4; 2Pt 3:18
x. 2:15 Rm 14:4; 1Co 16:13; Php 1:27
y. 2:15 Mk 7:3; 1Tm 4:11; Jd 3
z. 2:16 Jn 3:16; Rv 12:11
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