THE SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS
In this Epistle St. Paul admonishes the Thessalonians to be
constant in the faith of Christ and not to be terrified by
the insinuations of false teachers telling them that the
day of judgment was near at hand, as there must come many
signs and wonders before it. He bids them to hold firm the
traditions received from him, whether by word, or by
epistle, and shews them how they may be certain of his
letters by the manner he writes.
2 Thessalonians Chapter 1
He gives thanks to God for their faith and constancy and
prays for their advancement in all good.
1:1. Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy, to the church of the
Thessalonians. In God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
1:2. Grace unto you: and peace from God our Father and from
the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3. We are bound to give thanks always to God for you,
brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith groweth
exceedingly and the charity of every one of you towards
each other aboundeth.
1:4. So that we ourselves also glory in you in the churches
of God, for your patience and faith, and in all your
persecutions and tribulations: which you endure
1:5. For an example of the just judgment of God, that you
may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which also
1:6. Seeing it is a just thing with God to repay
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 the angels of
1:8. In a flame of fire, giving vengeance to them who know
not God and who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus
1:9. Who shall suffer eternal punishment in destruction,
from the face 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 made wonderful in all them who have believed; because
our testimony was believed upon you in that day.
1:11. Wherefore also we pray always for you: That our God
would make you worthy of his vocation and fulfil all the
good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith in
1:12. That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in
you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians Chapter 2
The day of the Lord is not to come till the man of sin be
revealed. The apostle's traditions are to be observed.
2:1. And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ and of our gathering together unto him:
2:2. That you be not easily moved from your sense nor be
terrified, neither by spirit nor by word nor by epistle. as
sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.
2:3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there
come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the
son of perdition
A revolt... This revolt, or falling off, is generally
understood, by the ancient fathers, of a revolt from the
Roman empire, which was first to be destroyed, before the
coming of Antichrist. It may, perhaps, be understood also
of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church; which
has, in part, happened already, by means of Mahomet,
Luther, &c., and it may be supposed, will be more general
in the days of the Antichrist. The man of sin... Here must
be meant some particular man, as is evident from the
frequent repetition of the Greek article , the man of sin,
the son of perdition, the adversary or opposer. It agrees
to the wicked and great Antichrist, who will come before
the end of the world.
2:4. Who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called
God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple
of God, shewing himself as if he were God.
In the temple... Either that of Jerusalem which some think
he will rebuild; or in some Christian church, which he will
pervert to his own worship: as Mahomet has done by the
churches of the east.
2:5. Remember you not that, when I was yet with you, I told
you these things?
2:6. And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be
revealed in his time.
2:7. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh: only that
he who now holdeth do hold, until he be taken out of the
2:8. And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the
Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and
shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him
2:9. Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in
all power and signs and lying wonders:
2:10. And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish:
because they receive not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation
of error, to believe lying:
God shall send... That is God shall suffer them to be
deceived by lying wonders, and false miracles, in
punishment of their not entertaining the love of truth.
2:11. That all may be judged who have not believed the
truth but have consented to iniquity.
2:12. But we ought to give thanks to God always for you,
brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you
firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit
and faith of the truth:
2:13. Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto
the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2:14. Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the
traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by
Traditions... See here that the unwritten traditions are no
less to be received than their epistles.
2:15. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our
Father, who hath loved us and hath given us everlasting
consolation and good hope in grace,
2:16. Exhort your hearts and confirm you in every good work
2 Thessalonians Chapter 3
He begs their prayers and warns them against idleness.
3:1. For the rest, brethren, pray for us that the word of
God may run and may be glorified, even as among you:
May run... That is, may spread itself, and have free
3:2. And that we may be delivered from importunate and evil
men: for all men have not faith.
3:3. But God is faithful, who will strengthen and keep you
3:4. And we have confidence concerning you in the Lord that
the things which we command, you both do and will do.
3:5. And the Lord direct your hearts, in the charity of God
and the patience of Christ.
3:6. And we charge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every
brother walking disorderly and not according to the
tradition which they have received of us.
3:7. For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us. For
we were not disorderly among you.
3:8. Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing: but in
labour and in toil we worked night and day, lest we should
be chargeable to any of you.
3:9. Not as if we had not power: but that we might give
ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us.
3:10. For also, when we were with you, this we declared to
you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat.
3:11. For we have heard there are some among you who walk
disorderly: working not at all, but curiously meddling.
3:12. Now we charge them that are such and beseech them by
the Lord Jesus Christ that, working with silence, they
would eat their own bread.
3:13. But you, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
3:14. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle,
note that man and do not keep company with him, that he may
3:15. Yet do not esteem him as an enemy but admonish him as
3:16. Now the Lord of peace himself give you everlasting
peace in every place. The Lord be with you all.
3:17. The salutation of Paul with my own hand: which is the
sign in every epistle. So I write.
3:18. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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