1 Now, brethren, a concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ b and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 c not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of 1 Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come d unless the falling away comes first, and e the man of 2 sin is revealed, f the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and g exalts himself h above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits 3 as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For i the 4 mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only 5 He 5 who now restrains will do so until He 5 is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, j whom the Lord will consume k with the breath of His mouth and destroy l with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is m according to the working of Satan, with all power, n signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among o those who perish, because they did not receive p the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And q for this reason God will send them strong delusion, r that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but s had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are 8 bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God t from the beginning u chose you for salvation v through 9 sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for w the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, x stand fast and hold y the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our 10 epistle.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, z who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and a good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts b and 11 establish you in every good word and work.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.