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 2:7

  • John madden for verse 7
    The holy spirit is the restrainer he keeps evil restrained but he will remove the restraining for a peroid of time to allow the antichrist to decieve
  • Richard McGovern for verse 7
    I believe that the Church,spirit filled believers in Jesus name, are the restraining force holding back and hindering Satan 's powers from being fully released on earth, until the rapture of the Church takes place. Because of the power and authority giving to the Church believers in Jesus name.
  • Ernest Atuahene Amoako for verse 7
    The church is retraining him the lawlessness mystery of the iniquity That is the reason why sometimes a brethren orborn again christian will rise from a family or community pray and salvation or revival will take place
  • Apostle ejim Nnamdi for verse 7
    By revelation the mystery of iniquity here will be properly understood by differentiating between sin and iniquity,iniquity is that generational sin that runs in the lineage,it is more terrible than sin.its mystery shall only be dealt with by the brightness of his coming which is the revelation of Gods word rehma .it takes God to terminate iniquity,it is the deep rooted sin which we inherited from birth,it grants demons access into ones life.u may say but what of sin,1john said he that is born of God does not sin,the church has no problem with sin but iniquity.but in this last days,I see God through the brightness of his coming terminate iniquity in the chuch in jesus name,amen remain salty for the lord.
  • Lets look at another idea here. Read Daniel,chapter 11 esp., verse 45. Then read verse 1 in chapter 12.Next, read verse 7 in Revelation chapter 12. Michel is the protector of Israel and when he goes back to heaven to kick Satan out for the last time, Israel is left unprotected. book of Job tells us how Satan goes back and forth from earth to heaven. Time will tell which belief is correct.
  • Ifeanyi Agbaim for verse 7
    The church has been the restraining power of evil The church has resisted the devil that is why satan can t carry out his wickedness the way he wills So until the church be taken away raptured the wicked man can t be revealed

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