The Second Letter from Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians


Paul, Silvanus and Timothy to the community of the Thessalonians, in God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We ought to give thanks to God always for you, brothers, that it is just, for your faith grows mightily, and the love of all of you abounds toward one another, 4 so that we ourselves may glory in you in the communities of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and the suffering you sustain, 5 documents of the righteous judgment of God, so that you may deemed worthy of the kingdom of God, for which also you suffer, 6 for indeed it is righteous before God to repay to those who afflict you affliction; 7 and for you, who are afflicted, a resting with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed with the angels of his power, 8 in burning flames, to give retribution to those who do not know God, and those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, 9 who shall receive the penalty of eternal consumption before the face of the Lord, and the glory of his might, 10 when he shall come to be glorified in his holy ones, and to become admired in all who believe, that faith may dwell in our testimony toward you in that day, 11 to which also we pray always for you, that God may deem you worthy of his calling, and complete all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith in power, 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be illustrated in you, and you in it, according to the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.


And we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together in him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken in mind, nor disturbed, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by a letter such as we send, as if the day of Christ shall be at hand.

3 May no one deceive you in any way, for there must be first a defection, and that man of sin, the son of perishing, be revealed— 4 who is the adversary, and stands himself up against all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he may sit in the temple of God, making himself out to be a god. 5 Or do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now that which detains, you know, that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity is now at work; such that the one who holds back, may hold back until he shall be borne away from the midst, 8 and then the iniquitous one shall be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and eliminate with the appearance of his coming, 9 whose coming is according to the work of Satan in all power, and lying signs and wonders, 10 and in all deception of unrighteousness in those who shall be perishing; for they did not receive the love of truth, such that they might have been saved.

11 And for this reason God shall send them a powerful illusion, that they may believe the lie, 12 that all shall be judged who will not believe the truths, but who approved of unrighteousness.

13 But we all ought to give thanks to God always for you, brothers loved by the Lord, that God from the beginning has chosen you into salvation in the making-holy of the spirit and in the faith of truth, 14 to which called you by our gospel in the acquisition of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by spoken word, or by our letter.

16 And may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God also our father, who loved and gave us eternal consolation, and good hope in grace, 17 console your hearts, and set you firm in every good word and deed.


Furthermore, pray for us, brothers, so that the word of the Lord may run forth, and be glorified, as it is also with you, 2 that we may be freed from absurd and perverse people; for faith is not in everyone, 3 but the Lord is faithful; and he shall stand you firm and guard you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord of you, that what we have taught you, you do and will continue to do. 5 And may the Lord steer your hearts in the love of God, and in the awaiting of Christ.

6 But we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you turn away from every brother who walks disorderly, and not according to the tradition which he has received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how one ought to imitate us; for we did not behave in a disorderly manner among you, 8 nor did we freely receive bread from anyone, except working in toil and sweat night and day, that we not be a burden to any of you— 9 not that we could not if we cared to, but that we ourselves would set an example to you, for imitating us. 10 For also, when we were with you, this is what we taught you, that if any of you did no work, they should not eat either. 11 For we hear that some walk among you in a disorderly manner, not doing work, but getting in people’s business. 12 And we denounce those who are this way, and ask that, by our Lord Jesus Christ, they work quietly, eating their own bread.

13 But you too, brothers: do not wear yourselves out doing good deeds. 14 If anyone shall not obey our words, indicate him by this letter, and have no business with him, that he may be brought to shame; 15 but do not hold him as an enemy, but admonish him like a brother.

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace, always, in every way. May the Lord be with all of you. 17 The greeting by my hand—Paul—this is the sign in every letter I write. 18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.

The second to the Thessalonians. Written from Athens.