2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness

1Now concerning a  the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our b  being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verses 13, 15
2not to be quickly shaken in mind or d  alarmed, either e  by a spirit or a f  spoken word, or g  a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that h  the day of the Lord has come. 3 i  Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, j  unless the rebellion comes first, and k  the man of lawlessness
Some manuscripts sin
is revealed m  the son of destruction
Greek  the son of perdition (a Hebrew idiom)
4who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God o  proclaiming himself to be God. 5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7For p  the mystery of lawlessness q  is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8And then r  the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus s  will kill with t  the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by u  the appearance of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan v  with all power and false signs and wonders, 10and with all wicked deception for w  those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11Therefore x  God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe y  what is false, 12in order that all may be condemned z  who did not believe the truth but aa  had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Stand Firm

13But ab  we ought always to give thanks to God for you ac  brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you ad  as the firstfruits
Some manuscripts  chose you from the beginning
af  to be saved ag  through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
14To this he called you through ah  our gospel, ai  so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers, aj  stand firm and hold to ak  the traditions that you were taught by us, either al  by our spoken word or by am  our letter.

16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father an  who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good ao  hope through grace, 17comfort your hearts and ap  establish them in every good work and word.

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