The Second Epistle of St Paul the Apostle
to the Thessalonians
Paul, Sylvanus and Timotheus.
Unto the congregation of the Thessalonians which are in God our
father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace be with you and peace from God our father, and from the
Lord Jesus Christ.
We are bound to thank God always for you brethren, as it is
*meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly, and every one of
you swims in love toward another between yourselves, so that we
ourselves rejoice of you in the congregations of God, over your
patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that
you suffer, which is a token of the righteous judgment of God, that
you are counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also
suffer. It is verily a righteous thing with God to recompense
tribulation to them that trouble you: and to you which are troubled,
rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall show himself from heaven with
his mighty Angels, in flaming fire, rendering vengeance unto them
that know not God, and to them that obey not unto the Gospell of our
Lord Jesus Christ, which shall be punished with everlasting
damnation, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his
power, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be
made marvelous in all them that believe: because our testimony that
we had unto you, was believed even the same day that we preached it.
Wherefore we pray always for you that our God make you worthy of the
calling, and fulfil all *delectation of goodness and the work of
faith, with power: that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be
glorified in you, and you in him, through the grace of our God, and
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
*meet (worthy) *delectation (enjoyment, pleasure)
We beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord *Jesu Christ,
and in that we shall assemble unto him, that you be not suddenly
moved from your mind and be not troubled neither by spirit, neither
by words, nor yet by letter which should seem to come from us, as
though the day of Christ were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any
means, for the Lord comes not, except there come a departing first,
and that, that sinful man be opened, the son of *perdition which is
an adversary, and is exalted above all that is called God, or that
is worshipped: so that he shall sit as God in temple of God, and
show himself as God.
Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you
these things? And now you know what withholds: even that he might be
uttered at his time. For the mystery of that iniquity does he
already work: till he which now only lets, be taken out of the way.
And then shall that wicked be uttered, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the appearance
of his coming even him whose coming is by the working of Satan, with
all lying power, signs and wonders: and in all deceivableness of
unrighteousness, among them that perish: because they received not
the love of the truth, that they might have been saved. And
therefore God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe lies: that all they might be damned which believed not the
truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you brethren
beloved of the Lord, for because that God has from the beginning
chosen you to salvation, through sanctifying of the spirit, and
through believing the truth, whereunto he called you by our Gospell,
to obtain the glory that comes of our Lord *Jesu Christ.
Therefore brethren stand fast, and keep the ordinances which
you have learned: whether it were by our preaching, or by epistle.
Our Lord Jesu Christ himself, and God our father which has loved us,
and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through
grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in all doctrine and
spelling : Hebrew for Jesus. *perdition (utter ruin)
Furthermore brethren pray for us, that the word of God may have
free passage and be glorified, as it is with you: and that we may be
delivered from unreasonable and evil men. For all men have not
faith: but the Lord is faithful, which shall establish you, and keep
you from evil. We have confidence through the Lord to you ward, that
you both do, and will do, that which we command you. And the Lord
guide your hearts unto the love of God and patience of Christ.
We require you brethren in the name of our Lord Jesu Christ,
that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks
inordinately and not after the institution which you received of us.
you yourselves know how you ought to follow us. For we behaved not
ourselves inordinately among you. Neither took we bread of any man
for nought: but wrought with labour and travail night and day,
because we would not be grievous to any of you: not but that we had
authority: but to make ourselves an example unto you, to follow us.
For when we were with you, this we warned you of, that if there were
any which would not work, that the same should not eat.
We have heard say no doubt that there are some which walk among
you inordinately, and work not at all, but are busybodies. Them that
are such, we command and exhort by our Lord Jesu Christ, that they
work with quietness, and eat their own bread. Brethren be not weary
in well doing. If any man obey not our sayings, send us word of him
by a letter: and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
And count him not as an enemy: but warn him as a brother.
The very Lord of peace give you peace always, by all means. The
Lord be with you all. The salutation of me Paul, with mine own hand.
This is the token in all epistles. So I write. The grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Here ends the second epistle of saint
to the Thessalonians Sent from Athens