EPISTLE 2 Thessalonians 2:1–8, 13–17
1Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our
being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to be
quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken
word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of
the Lord has come. 3Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day
will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of
lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4who opposes and
exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so
that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to
be God. 5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told
you these things? 6And you know what is restraining him now so
that he may be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness
is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is
out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom
the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to
nothing by the appearance of his coming.
13But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers
beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be
saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
14To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain
the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers, stand firm
and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our
spoken word or by our letter.
16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who
loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through
grace, 17comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.