and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.1 They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.211
For this reason God sends them3 a powerful delusion4 so that they will believe the lie512
and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.6
But we ought always to thank God for you,7 brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose youa8 to be saved9 through the sanctifying work of the Spirit10 and through belief in the truth.
He called you11 to this through our gospel,12 that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, brothers, stand firm13 and hold to the teachingsb we passed on to you,14 whether by word of mouth or by letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,15 who loved us16 and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage17 your hearts and strengthen18 you in every good deed and word.