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

  • Steve morrow
    2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 AND WITH ALL DECEIVEABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED --- 2:12 --- THAT THEY ALL MIGHT BE DAMNED WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH BUT HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
  • Steve morrow
    2THESSALONIANS 2:13 BUT WE ARE BOUND TO GIVE THANKS ALWAYS TO GOD FOR YOU BRETHREN BELOVED OF THE LORD BECAUSE GOD HATH FROM THE BEGINNING CHOSEN YOU TO SALVATION THROUGH SANCTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT AND BELIEF OF THE TRUTH JOHN17:17SANCTIFY THEM THROUGH THY TRUTH THY WORD IS TRUTH JUDE1:18HOW THAT THEY TOLD YOU THERE SHOULD BE MOCKERS IN THE LAST TIME WHO SHOULD WALK AFTER THEIR OWN UNGODLY LUSTS
  • Steve morrow
    2 thess 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 eph 6:17 and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of GOD LUKE 19:27 BUT THOSE MINE ENEMIES WHICH WOULD NOT THAT I SHOULD REIGN OVER THEM BRING HITHER AND SLAY THEM BEFORE ME
  • Irene123
    I care very much for souls on here. I'm trying not to sound condescending, patronizing, but some will take it that way. People on here are 'used' to others attacking them. So unless it's strictly scripture, offense is taken. The belief in 'solitary' belief in worship, not being with others in a church - is unbiblical, Heb. 10:25. The epistles were written to churches, not 'loners'. cont.
  • Irene123
    Only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way; the 'he' in the 2nd part is the he in the 1st part. The 'he' who now letteth - the word letteth means - to hinder. We - the church - are hindering the anti-Christ from coming on the scene at this time of Grace so that as many souls as possible can be saved - by our WITNESSING.
  • Word
    falling away.Christians that love the Lord and sat in churches listening to preachers all their lives will join the one world system church when Satan gets here. Then when the true Christ shows up they will be ashamed. The false religious leader antichrist saying he is God preaches he will fly you away. Impregnated with false doctrine they will say they are a widow no longer our husband is home.

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