2 Thessalonians 2:6
New International Version
And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.

New Living Translation
And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes.

English Standard Version
And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.

Berean Study Bible
And you know what is now restraining him, so that he will be revealed at the proper time.

Berean Literal Bible
And now you know that which is restraining for his being revealed in his time.

New American Standard Bible
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.

King James Bible
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

Christian Standard Bible
And you know what currently restrains him, so that he will be revealed in his time.

Contemporary English Version
You already know what is holding this wicked one back until it is time for him to come.

Good News Translation
Yet there is something that keeps this from happening now, and you know what it is. At the proper time, then, the Wicked One will appear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And you know what currently restrains him, so that he will be revealed in his time.

International Standard Version
You know what it is that is now holding him back, so that he will be revealed when his time comes.

NET Bible
And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time.

New Heart English Bible
Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And now you know what controls, that he may be revealed in his time.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know what it is that now holds him back, so that he will be revealed when his time comes.

New American Standard 1977
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he may be revealed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye know what impedes this now, that he might be revealed in his time.

King James 2000 Bible
And now you know what restrains that he might be revealed in his time.

American King James Version
And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time.

American Standard Version
And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time.

Darby Bible Translation
And now ye know that which restrains, that he should be revealed in his own time.

English Revised Version
And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

Weymouth New Testament
And now you know what restrains him, in order that his true character may be revealed at his appointed time.

World English Bible
Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, what is keeping down ye have known, for his being revealed in his own time,
Study Bible
The Man of Lawlessness
5Do you not remember that I told you these things while I was still with you? 6And you know what is now restraining him, so that he will be revealed at the proper time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way.…
Cross References
Romans 1:18
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.

2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way.

Treasury of Scripture

And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time.

withholdeth.

2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

revealed.

2 Thessalonians 2:3,8
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; …







Lexicon
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

you know
οἴδατε (oidate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

what
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

is now restraining
κατέχον (katechon)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2722: From kata and echo; to hold down, in various applications.

him,
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

so that
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

he will be revealed
ἀποκαλυφθῆναι (apokalyphthēnai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Passive
Strong's Greek 601: To uncover, bring to light, reveal. From apo and kalupto; to take off the cover, i.e. Disclose.

at
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

proper time.
καιρῷ (kairō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2540: Fitting season, season, opportunity, occasion, time. Of uncertain affinity; an occasion, i.e. Set or proper time.
(6) And now ye know.--Not "now, because of what I have just said," for nothing has yet been said in the Letter from which the Thessalonians could gather what withheld the premature manifestation of the Man of Sin. The word "now" is not used exactly in a temporal sense, but as introducing another item. "You remember about Antichrist and his characteristics: very good; and now, what keeps Antichrist back? You know that too." Knowing not only that Antichrist's apocalypse must precede Christ's, but also that Antichrist could not reveal himself yet, because the way was blocked by something still (as they saw) unremoved, the Thessalonians were absurd in acting as if the day of the Lord was come.

What withholdeth.--Rather, that which withholdeth: they did not merely know it as a dogma, but as a familiar object. "You are perfectly acquainted with the thing which acts as a check upon the Man of Sin." Unlike the Man of Sin himself, who was a dim figure in the mysterious future, the Obstacle was present and tangible. They may have forgotten what the thing is, but St. Paul stirs their memory by telling them that they well know the thing itself. It must needs be a marked and mighty power which can prevent the development of the great Antichrist. At the same time, St. Paul's doctrine is that this marked power is destined by-and-by to be removed (2Thessalonians 2:7). Possibly, then, St. Paul may shrink from naming it in writing, not only because he wishes to exercise the Thessalonians' memories, but also for fear the power should discover and disapprove of his prophecies. For the question what the withholding power is, see the Excursus on the Interpretation of the Prophecy.

That he might . . . in his time.--Or, with a view to his being revealed at his proper moment. Not that the withholding power is conscious of such desire, but God's design is to use that power for the purpose.

Verse 6. - And now. The particle "now" has been variously interpreted. Some connect it with the restraining influence: "And ye know what now withholdeth;" but if so, there would have been a different arrangement of the words in the original Others consider it as a mere particle of transition: "Now, to pass over to another subject;" but there is no transition, the apostle continues his description of the man of sin. It is rather to be considered as a particle of time: "Now ye know, because you have been instructed on this point." Ye know; Paul having told them when he was at Thessalonica. What withholdeth; hindereth. The hindrance does not refer to the prevention of the apostle from speaking freely on this subject, lest he should involve himself in political difficulties; nor to any delay in the coming of Christ; but to a restraint upon the appearance of the man of sin: "Ye know what prevents his open manifestation." That he; namely, the man of sin. Might be revealed in his time; literally, in his season; in his proper time, the time appointed by God. Events were not yet ripe for his appearance. Just as there was a "fulness of time" when Christ should appear (Galatians 4:4), so there was a "fulness of time" when the man of sin should be revealed; there was a series of events going on which would culminate in his revelation. The nature of this restraining or withholding influence will afterwards be considered; whatever it was, the Thessalonians were formerly explicitly informed. 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.
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