1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
1 Now we ask you, brothers, regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, and our gathering together to him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2 not to be so quickly upset or alarmed when someone claims that we said, either by some spirit, conversation, or letter that the Day of the Lord has already come.
2 not to be quickly unsettled or alarmed either by a [so-called prophetic revelation of a] spirit or a message or a letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] come.
3 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;
3 Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for it will not come unless the rebellion takes place first and the man of sin, who is destined for destruction, is revealed.
3 Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the (c)apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed],(B)
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship. As a result, he seats himself in the sanctuary of God and himself declares that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
5 Don’t you remember that when I was still with you I told you about this?
5 Don't you remember that I repeatedly told you about these things when I was still with you?
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
6 You know what it is that is now holding him back, so that he will be revealed when his time comes.
6 And you know what restrains him now [from being revealed]; it is so that he will be revealed at his own [appointed] time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
7 For the secret of this lawlessness is already at work, but only until the person now holding it back gets out of the way.
7 For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy with the breath of his mouth, rendering him powerless by the manifestation of his coming.
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
9 The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous signs, lying wonders,
9 The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies],
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
10 and every type of evil to deceive those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them.
10 and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing, because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them].
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,
11 For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.
11 Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie,
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
12 Then all who have not believed the truth but have taken pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.
12 in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 (AD)But we should always give thanks to God for you, (AE)brethren beloved by the Lord, because (AF)God has chosen you (o)from the beginning (AG)for salvation (p)(AH)through sanctification (q)by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
13 But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning(f) God has chosen(O) you for salvation through sanctification(P) by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
13 At 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 fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through faith in the truth.
13 But we should and are [morally] obligated [as debtors] always to give thanks to God for you, believers beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through the (e)sanctifying work of the Spirit [that sets you apart for God’s purpose] and by your faith in the truth [of God’s word that leads you to spiritual maturity].
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
14 With this purpose in mind, he called you through our proclamation of the gospel so that you would obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
14 It was to this end that He called you through our gospel [the good news of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection], so that you may obtain and share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
15 So then, brothers, stand firm, and cling to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
16 May our Lord Jesus, the Messiah himself, and may God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and encouragement and the good [well-founded] hope [of salvation] by His grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good action and word.
17 comfort and encourage and strengthen your hearts [keeping them steadfast and on course] in every good work and word.
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