And you know (A)what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For (B)the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only (C)he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one (D)will be revealed whom the Lord will slay (E)with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the (F)appearance of His [a]coming; that is, the one whose [b]coming is in accord with the activity of (G)Satan, with all power and [c](H)signs and false wonders, 10 and with [d]all the deception of wickedness for (I)those who perish, because they did not receive the love of (J)the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason (K)God [e]will send upon them [f]a (L)deluding influence so that they will believe [g]what is false, 12 in order that they all may be [h]judged who (M)did not believe the truth, but [i](N)took pleasure in wickedness.

13 (O)But we should always give thanks to God for you, (P)brethren beloved by the Lord, because (Q)God has chosen you [j]from the beginning (R)for salvation [k](S)through sanctification [l]by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14 It was for this He (T)called you through (U)our gospel, [m]that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, (V)stand firm and (W)hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether (X)by word of mouth or (Y)by letter [n]from us.

16 (Z)Now may our Lord Jesus Christ (AA)Himself and God our Father, who has (AB)loved us and given us eternal comfort and (AC)good hope by grace, 17 (AD)comfort and (AE)strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:8 Or presence
  2. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 Or presence
  3. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 Or attesting miracles
  4. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 Or every deception
  5. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 Lit is sending
  6. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 Lit an activity of error
  7. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 Or the lie
  8. 2 Thessalonians 2:12 Or condemned
  9. 2 Thessalonians 2:12 Or approved
  10. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 One early ms reads first fruits
  11. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Lit in
  12. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Lit of
  13. 2 Thessalonians 2:14 Lit to the gaining of
  14. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 Lit of