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2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Great Apostasy

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 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 [a]Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of [b]sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits [c]as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:2 NU the Lord
  2. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 NU lawlessness
  3. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 NU omits as God
New King James Version (NKJV)

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Man of Lawlessness

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord[a] has come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy[b] comes first and the man of lawlessness[c] is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits[d] in God’s sanctuary,[e] publicizing that he himself is God.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:2 Other mss read Christ
  2. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Or rebellion
  3. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Other mss read man of sin
  4. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 Other mss add as God
  5. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 Or temple

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Evil Things Will Happen

Brothers and sisters, we have something to say about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We want to talk to you about that time when we will meet together with him. Don’t let yourselves be easily upset or worried if you hear that the day of the Lord has already come. Someone might say that this idea came from us—in something the Spirit told us, or in something we said, or in a letter we wrote. Don’t be fooled by anything they might say. That day of the Lord will not come until the turning away from God happens. And that day will not come until the Man of Evil appears, the one who belongs to hell.[a] He will stand against and put himself above everything that people worship or think is worthy of worship. He will even go into God’s Temple[b] and sit there, claiming that he is God.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 belongs to hell Literally, “is the son of destruction.”
  2. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 Temple Probably the Temple in Jerusalem. See “Temple” in the Word List.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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