2 Thessalonians 2:12
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New International Version
and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

New Living Translation
Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.

English Standard Version
in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

New American Standard Bible
in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

King James Bible
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that all will be condemned--those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.

International Standard Version
Then all who have not believed the truth but have taken pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.

NET Bible
And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all those who believed not the truth, but chose evil, will be judged.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then everyone who did not believe the truth, but was delighted with what God disapproves of, will be condemned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that they all might be condemned who did not believe the truth, but consented to the iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
That they all might be condemned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

American King James Version
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

American Standard Version
that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
that all might be judged who have not believed the truth, but have found pleasure in unrighteousness.

English Revised Version
that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
That they all may be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Weymouth New Testament
in order that all may come under judgement who have refused to believe the truth and have taken pleasure in unrighteousness.

World English Bible
that they all might be judged who didn't believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
that they may be judged -- all who did not believe the truth, but were well pleased in the unrighteousness.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - That; in order that. The statement of purpose depending, not upon "that they should believe a lie," but upon "God sends them a strong delusion" - denoting a still more remote purpose of God. God, as the moral Ruler of the universe, will pronounce sentence of condemnation against them, this sentence being the necessary result of their receiving not the love of the truth. Its reception would have been the cause of their salvation; its rejection results in their condemnation. They all might be damned; or rather, judged (R.V.). The verb employed does not here, or elsewhere, express the idea of condemnation, though this is implied by the context. Who believed not the truth; namely, the Christian truth; their unbelief of it was the consequence of their want of love of the truth, and was the cause of their being judged. But had pleasure in unrighteousness. Their delight in unrighteousness was wholly incompatible with their belief in the truth; their want of faith arose, not from any defect in their understanding, but from the perversion of their moral nature. Here the description of the man of sin concludes, and hence the second division of the Epistle closes. The succeeding verses should have been attached to a new paragraph, being the commencement of the third or hortatory portion of the Epistle.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That they all might be damned,.... Or judged, discerned and distinguished from true Christians and real believers, or rather that they might be condemned and punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; where the devil, the false prophet, and the beast, whose followers they are, will be cast; and it is but a righteous thing with God to give them up to such delusion,

that they may be damned, since they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved; and the following character of them justifies the divine procedure:

who believed not the truth; neither the word of truth, the Gospel of salvation, nor Christ, who is truth itself; and therefore were righteously given up to believe a lie; and whose damnation is just, according to the declaration of Christ, he that believeth not shall be damned:

but had pleasure in unrighteousness; in sin, as all unrighteousness is; in sinful ways and works, and in unrighteous doctrines; as the doctrines of merit, of works of supererogation, and of justification by works, being derogatory to the justice of God, and to the righteousness of Christ; and in the unrighteous persecution and bloodshed of the saints, the martyrs of Jesus; in which the followers of antichrist take as much delight and pleasure, as an intemperate man does in drinking wine or strong drink to excess; and therefore the whore of Babylon is said to be drunk with the blood of the saints; and it is but just she should have blood to drink, or be punished both with temporal and eternal destruction.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. they all … damned—rather as Greek, "that all," &c. He here states the general proposition which applies specially to Antichrist's adherents. Not all in the Church of Rome, or other anti-Christian systems, shall be damned, but only "all who believed not the truth," when offered to them, "but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (Ro 1:32; 2:8). Love of unrighteousness being the great obstacle to believing the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Man of Sin
11For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
Cross References
Romans 1:32
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 2:8
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

1 Corinthians 13:6
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:10
and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
Treasury of Scripture

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in …

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes …

John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes …

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by …

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Jude 1:4,5 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

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Psalm 11:5 The LORD tries the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence …

Psalm 50:16-21 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, …

Psalm 52:3,4 You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. …

Hosea 7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from …

Mark 14:11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him …

John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

Romans 2:8 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

Romans 8:7,8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

2 Peter 2:13-15 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count …

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

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