THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
1:1: Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto
the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord
1:2: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3: We are bound to thank God always for you,
brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly,
and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
1:4: So that we ourselves glory in you in the
churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions
and tribulations that ye endure:
1:5: Which is a manifest token of the righteous
judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom
of God, for which ye also suffer:
1:6: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God
to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
1:7: And to you who are troubled rest with
us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his
1:8: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them
that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus
1:9: Who shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory
of his power;
1:10: When he shall come to be glorified in
his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because
our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
1:11: Wherefore also we pray always for you,
that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil
all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with
1:12: That 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.
2:1: Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2:2: 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.
2:3: 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;
2:4: 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.
2:5: Remember ye not, that, when I was yet
with you, I told you these things?
2:6: And now ye know what withholdeth that
he might be revealed in his time.
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.
2:8: 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:
2:9: Even him, whose coming is after the working
of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2:10: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that perish; because they received not the love of the
truth, that they might be saved.
2:11: And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2:12: That they all might be damned who believed
not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2:13: 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:
2:14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel,
to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2:15: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and
hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word,
or our epistle.
2:16: 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,
2:17: Comfort your hearts, and stablish you
in every good word and work.
3:1: Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the
word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even
as it is with you:
3:2: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable
and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3:3: But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish
you, and keep you from evil.
3:4: And we have confidence in the Lord touching
you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
3:5: And the Lord direct your hearts into the
love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
3:6: Now we command you, brethren, in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every
brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which
he received of us.
3:7: For yourselves know how ye ought to follow
us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
3:8: Neither did we eat any man's bread for
nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that
we might not be chargeable to any of you:
3:9: Not because we have not power, but to
make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
3:10: For even when we were with you, this
we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he
3:11: For we hear that there are some which
walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
3:12: Now them that are such we command and
exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work,
and eat their own bread.
3:13: But ye, brethren, be not weary in well
3:14: And if any man obey not our word by this
epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he
may be ashamed.
3:15: Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish
him as a brother.
3:16: Now the Lord of peace himself give you
peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
3:17: The salutation of Paul with mine own
hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
3:18: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
with you all. Amen.