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The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

Full Text The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

I.  

Paul, 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 the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each one of you all toward one another abounds; 4so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and the afflictions which ye endure; 5a token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer; 6since it is a righteous thing with God to recompense affliction to those who afflict you, 7and to you who are afflicted rest with us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power, 8in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who know not God, and those who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; 9who shall suffer justice, eternal destruction, from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power; 10when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all who believed (because our testimony to you was believed), in that day.

11To which end we also pray for you always, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and accomplish all the good pleasure of goodness and the work of faith, with power; 12that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

II.  Now we beseech you, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him, 2that ye be not hastily shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as through us, as that the day of the Lord is at hand. 3Let not any one deceive you in any manner; because [that day will not come], except there come first the falling away, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4he that opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6And now ye know what withholds, in order that he may be revealed in his own time. 7For the mystery of iniquity is already working; only until he who now withholds shall be out of the way. 8And then will the Lawless One be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth, and will destroy with the manifestation of his coming; 9[him,] whose coming is after the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders, 10and in all deceit of unrighteousness for those who perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God sends them a working of delusion, in order that they may believe the lie; 12that they may all be judged, who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

13But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you to salvation, in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth; 14whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye were taught, whether by word, or by our letter.

16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who loved us, and gave us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17encourage your hearts, and establish you in every good work and word.

III.  

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run, and be glorified, as also with you; 2and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men; for all have not the faith. 3But faithful is the Lord, who will establish you, and guard you from evil. 4And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that ye both do, and will do, the things which we command you. 5And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

6Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly, and not after the tradition which they received from us. 7For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us; that we were not disorderly among you, 8nor did we eat bread of any one for naught, but with labor and toil, working night and day that we might not be burdensome to any of you; 9not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an example to you, that ye should follow us. 10For also when we were with you, this we commanded you: If any will not work, neither let him eat. 11For we hear of some who walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies. 12Now such we command, and exhort, in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness working, they eat their own bread.

13But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14And if any one obeys not our word by this letter, mark that man, and keep not company with him, that he may be shamed. 15And count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always, in every way. The Lord be with you all.

17The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a token in every letter; so I write.

18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.