2 Thessalonians 2
International Standard Version

The Lawless One

1Now we ask you, brothers, regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah,a and our gathering together to him, 2not to be so quickly upsetb or alarmed when someone claims that we said,c either by some spirit, conversation, or letter that the Day of the Lord has already come. 3Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for it will not come unless the rebelliond takes place first and the man of sin,e who is destined for destruction,f is revealed. 4He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship. As a result, he seats himself in the sanctuaryg of God and himself declares that he is God.

5Don’t you remember that I repeatedly told you about these things when I was still with you? 6You know what it is that is now holding him back, so that he will be revealed when his time comes. 7For the secret of this lawlessness is already at work, but only until the person now holding it back gets out of the way. 8Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lordh will destroy with the breath of his mouth, rendering him powerless by the manifestation of his coming.

9The coming of the lawless onei will be accompanied by the power of Satan. He will use every kindj of power, including miraculous signs, lying wonders, 10and every type of evil to deceivek those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them.l 11For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. 12Then all who have not believed the truth but have taken pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.

13At all times we are obligated to thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God chose you to be the first fruitsm for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through faith in the truth. 14With this purpose in mind, he called you through our proclamation of then gospel so that you would obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.o 15So then, brothers, stand firm, and cling to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouthp or by our letter. 16May our Lord Jesus, the Messiahq himself, and may God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfortr and good hope, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good action and word.


Footnotes:
a 2:1 Or Christ
b 2:2 Lit. shaken in mind
c 2:2 Lit. as though by us
d 2:3 Or apostasy
e 2:3 Other mss. read man of lawlessness
f 2:3 Lit. the son of destruction
g 2:4 Or temple
h 2:8 Some MSS read Lord Jesus
i 2:9 Lit. His coming
j 2:9 Lit. In every kind
k 2:10 Lit. every evil deception
l 2:10 Lit. so that they might be saved
m 2:13 Other mss. read from the beginning
n 2:14 The Gk. lacks proclamation of the
o 2:14 Or Christ
p 2:15 Lit. by word
q 2:16 Or Christ
r 2:16 Or encouragement



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