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

  • DeepReader
    There are 2 mysteries in the Bible-the mystery of godliness, that the divine Son of God lay off his divinity to put on sinful human nature in order to redeem mankind
  • Ray321
    4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. God had chosen all of us to saved, but some will reject and some will fall.
  • Steve morrow
    2 THESSALONIANS 2:8 AND THEN SHALL THAT WICKED BE REVEALED WHOM THE LORD SHALL CONSUME WITH THE SPIRIT OF HIS MOUTH AND SHALL DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING *** EPHESIANS 6:17 AND TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD
  • Word
    Read subject, first verse because the whole chapter is explaining exactly what will take place at the very end.It is saying that before the Lord comes that the son of perdition/ Satan will come and the whole world will chase after him an many Christians will be deceived right along with them, falling away so if they tell you Christ is here or there don't go because it's not Him.Put it all together
  • Ray321
    2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition This verse is talking about the tribulation that the antichrist will reveal himself. It will be easier to fall from sin in the 7 year tribulation then the Grace of age we live right now.
  • A disciple
    As in every place in Scripture where the Spirit speaks about the coming Day of the LORD; it is first priority for preparing the Saints to be well informed and secured in their faith, against the things necessary to bring about the completion of the age. We shouldn't be scandalized away from Jesus by the taking away of all restraint of the wicked by God, but to understand why these things must be.

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