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2 Thessalonians 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Man of Lawlessness

Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:1 - Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:2 - not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:3 - Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness[fn] is revealed, the son of destruction,[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:4 - who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:5 - Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:6 - And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:7 - For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:8 - And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:9 - The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:10 - and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:11 - Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:12 - in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Stand Firm

Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:13 - But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits[fn] to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:14 - To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:15 - So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:16 - Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:17 - comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verses 13, 15
Some manuscripts sin
Greek the son of perdition (a Hebrew idiom)
Some manuscripts chose you from the beginning

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