New Revised Standard Version
[2 Thessalonians 1]
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
A thanksgiving prayer with apocalyptic expectations
3 We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is
right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of
you for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore we ourselves boast of you among
the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your
persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.
5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, and is intended to make
you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering. 6 For it
is indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to
give relief to the afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed
from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on
those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord
Jesus. 9 These will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, separated
from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he
comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marveled at on that day among
all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this
end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his
call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, 12 so
that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him,
according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[2 Thessalonians 2]
Correction of apocalyptic enthusiasm
1 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to
him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or
alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the
effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3 Let no one deceive you in
any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the
lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. 4 He opposes and
exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he
takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. 5 Do you not
remember that I told you these things when I was still with you? 6 And you
know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed when his time
comes. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the
one who now restrains it is removed. 8 And then the lawless one will be
revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth,
annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. 9 The coming of the
lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs,
lying wonders, 10 and every kind of wicked deception for those who are
perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this
reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is
false, 12 so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in
unrighteousness will be condemned.
13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved
by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through
sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 For this
purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you
may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and
sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by
us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and
through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, 17 comfort your hearts
and strengthen them in every good work and word.
[2 Thessalonians 3]
Correction for dissident behavior
1 Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may
spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you, 2 and
that we may be rescued from wicked and evil people; for not all have faith. 3
But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil
one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing
and will go on doing the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your
hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
6 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep
away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the
tradition that they received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought
to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, 8 and we did not eat
anyone's bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night
and day, so that we might not burden any of you. 9 This was not because we do
not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. 10 For
even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work
should not eat. 11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere
busybodies, not doing any work. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in
the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
13 Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
14 Take note of those who do not obey what we say in this letter; have nothing
to do with them, so that they may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard them as
enemies, but warn them as believers.
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways.
The Lord be with all of you.
17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark in every
letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with all of you.