2 Thessalonians 2
The Man of Lawlessness1Now concerning athe coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our bbeing gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sisters; also verses 13, 152not to be quickly shaken in mind or dalarmed, either eby a spirit or a fspoken word, or ga letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that hthe day of the Lord has come. 3 iLet no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, junless the rebellion comes first, and kthe man of lawlessness ▼
▼Some manuscripts sinis revealed, mthe 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, oproclaiming 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 pthe mystery of lawlessness qis already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8And then rthe lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus swill kill with tthe breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by uthe appearance of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan vwith all power and false signs and wonders, 10and with all wicked deception for wthose who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11Therefore xGod sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe ywhat is false, 12in order that all may be condemned zwho did not believe the truth but aahad pleasure in unrighteousness.
Stand Firm13But abwe ought always to give thanks to God for you, acbrothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you adas the firstfruits ▼
▼Some manuscripts chose you from the beginningafto be saved, agthrough sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14To this he called you through ahour gospel, aiso that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers, ajstand firm and hold to akthe traditions that you were taught by us, either alby our spoken word or by amour letter.
16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, anwho loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good aohope through grace, 17comfort your hearts and apestablish them in every good work and word.
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