And then the lawless one will be revealed,1 whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth2 and destroy by the splendor of his coming.39
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan4 displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,510
and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.6 They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.711
For this reason God sends them8 a powerful delusion9 so that they will believe the lie1012
and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.11
But we ought always to thank God for you,12 brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose youa13 to be saved14 through the sanctifying work of the Spirit15 and through belief in the truth.
He called you16 to this through our gospel,17 that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, brothers, stand firm18 and hold to the teachingsb we passed on to you,19 whether by word of mouth or by letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,20 who loved us21 and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage22 your hearts and strengthen23 you in every good deed and word.