2 Thessalonians

King James Version (KJV)

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2 Thessalonians 2:7

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the mysterie of iniquitie doth alreadie worke: onely he who now letteth, will let, vntill he be taken out of the way.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains {will do so} until he is taken out of the way.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only `there is' one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the secret of evil is even now at work: but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.
- Basic English Bible

For the mystery of lawlessness already works; only [there is] he who restrains now until he be gone,
- Darby Bible

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now restraineth will restrain, until he be taken out of the way.
- Webster's Bible

For lawlessness is already at work in secret; but only until the man who is now exercising a restraining influence is removed,
- Weymouth Bible

For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.
- World English Bible

For the priuete of wickidnesse worchith now; oneli that he that holdith now, holde, til he be do awei.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the secret of the lawlessness doth already work, only he who is keeping down now [will hinder] -- till he may be out of the way,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Thessalonians 2:7

2:7 He will surely be revealed; for the mystery - The deep, secret power of iniquity, just opposite to the power of godliness, already worketh. It began with the love of honour, and the desire of power; and is completed in the entire subversion of the gospel of Christ. This mystery of iniquity is not wholly confined to the Romish church, but extends itself to others also. It seems to consist of, Human inventions added to the written word. Mere outside performances put in the room of faith and love. Other mediators besides the man Christ Jesus. The two last branches, together with idolatry and bloodshed, are the direct consequences of the former; namely, the adding to the word of God. Already worketh - In the church. Only he that restraineth - That is, the potentate who successively has Rome in his power. The emperors, heathen or Christian; the kings, Goths or Lombards; the Carolingian or German emperors.

People's Bible Notes for 2 Thessalonians 2:7

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity. This revelation of the man of sin. It was a mystery, that is, something yet hidden. Doth already work. Causes are beginning to work which will lead to it. Only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. He that hindereth must first be taken out of the way. There was no room for an arrogant spiritual power in Rome as long as imperial Rome continued to persecute the church. A persecuted church cannot be a haughty church. Two things were needful before the papal power could be developed; viz., the overthrow of paganism, and the removal of the capital of the Empire from Rome. When these things were done, it was free to seize the old Roman scepter.

Discussion for 2 Thessalonians 2

  • Word
    Jim God hates those who teach his children to fly to save their souls. Satan' lie. All go through the test and all are changed at the same time and that's the 7th trump. The test is if you have read the scriptures with understanding and know Gods true salvation and if you do you escape the hour of temptation because you can't be tempted by the devil in his deception of playing the role of Christ.
  • Jim
    to Karl and anyone else who cares to listen. There will be a great separation of believers and unbelievers at His second coming, but prior to that event and the tribulation the Church will be raptured. The Church is a unique special group. There will be people who will be saved during the tribulation but they are referred to as tribulation saints. They will live during that horrible time.
  • Jim pashayan
    In this chapter Paul is warning these believers not to be shaken up by the false teaching that the day of the Lord is upon them. This will not happen until after the rapture and then the great apostacy. I John 4 vs 18 "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." Godly reverence does not equal worldy fear.
  • Karl
    to Jaime - I always thought it referred to a one of Jesus's parables -the tares from the wheat, but much more a separation from the sincere faithful from the merely superficial faithful, in adversity faith shines stronger and fades not - any help?
  • Word
    Amywayi Daniel the elect don't put on the gospel armour to fly away in the end days. They stand with the two witnesses. No mans salvation thought up calling it a rapture because Christ returns here to set up His Kingdom. God told us and He wrote a whole chapter Ezekiel 13 not to believe in men who dream up Devine thoughts out of their own minds making up flying away junk. All children will be here
  • Mongie sacedor
    That why we need someone to guide us today who can communicate with God in order for us to know his will and no one can do that except a holy man called Prophet. In 2 Peter 1:20 says "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost"

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