The Second Letter of Paul to the

THESSALONIANS

Greeting

11Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

3We are obligated to keep thanking God always for you, brothers, as is fitting, because your faith is growing so much, and the love of each one of you all for one another is increasing. 4Therefore we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and [in] the afflictions which you put up with.

God's Righteous Judgment

5[This is] evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering--6since [it is] a righteous thing with God [for him] to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7and [to grant] rest with us to you who are afflicted, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels in flaming fire, 8taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They shall pay the penalty of eternal destruction, [separated] from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his strength, 10whenever he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11Also to this [end] we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of [his] call, and may fulfill every desire1 for goodness and work of faith by [his] power, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lawless One

21Now we request of you, brothers, in regard to the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him, 2for you not to be quickly shaken in mind nor alarmed, neither by spirit nor by word, nor by letter supposedly from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3Do not let anyone deceive you in any way; because [that day will not come], unless

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1Lit., good pleasure

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the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness1 is revealed, the son of destruction, 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, proclaiming that he himself is God. 5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is restraining him in order for him to be revealed in his [proper] time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only [there is] one who is restraining [it] right now until he is out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus2 will kill3 with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the appearance of his advent. 9The advent of the lawless one4 is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and wonders [that tell] a lie, 10and with all unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, because they did not accept the love of the truth in order that they might be saved. 11And because of this God sends5 them a working of error in order that they might believe the lie, 12so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

God's Choice

13But we are obligated to keep thanking God always for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God picked you [as] firstfruits6 for salvation, by sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14To this also he called you through our gospel, in order that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers, keep standing [firm] and holding to the traditions which you were taught, either through word [of mouth] or through a letter from us.

16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave [us] eternal comfort and good hope by means of grace, 17comfort your hearts and strengthen [them] in every good work and word.

Request for Prayer

31Finally, brothers, keep praying for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, as indeed [was the case] with you, 2and

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1Other ancient authorities read sin
2Other ancient authorities omit Jesus
3Other ancient authorities read consume
4Lit., whom
5Other authorities read will send
6Other ancient authorities read from the beginning

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that we may be rescued from wicked and evil men; for not all [have] faith. 3But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard [you] from the evil one.1 4And we have confidence in the Lord regarding [you], that you both are doing and will do the things which we command. 5And may the Lord guide your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

6Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who is walking disorderly2 and not in accord with the tradition that they3 received from us. 7For you yourselves know how it is necessary to keep imitating us, because we did not act disorderly4 among you, 8nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying, but with labor and exertion we worked night and day, in order that we might not burden any of you. 9[It was] not because we do not have [that] right, but to give you an example of ourselves, in order that you might imitate us. 10For even when we were with you, we used to give you this command, that if anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat either. 11For we hear that some among you are walking disorderly,2 not working at anything, but working as busibodies. 12Now such [persons] we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their [own] bread. 13And you, brothers, do not grow weary in well-doing. 14And if anyone does not obey our word through [this] letter, note that [person], and quit associating with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15And [yet] do not consider [him] as an enemy, but keep admonishing [him] as a brother.

Final Greetings

16Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.5 The Lord [be] with you all.

17[I], Paul, [write this] greeting with my [own] hand. This is the sign in every letter [of mine]; I write like this. 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all.

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1Or, evil
2Or, in idleness
3Other ancient authorities read you
4Or, were not idle
5Other ancient authorities read place


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