2 Thessalonians 2:12

12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
ESV
12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
NLT
12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.
MSG
12 Since they refuse to trust truth, they're banished to their chosen world of lies and illusions.
CSB
12 so that all will be condemned-those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 Meaning and Commentary

2 Thessalonians 2:12

That they all might be damned
Or judged, discerned and distinguished from true Christians and real believers, or rather that they might be condemned and punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; where the devil, the false prophet, and the beast, whose followers they are, will be cast; and it is but a righteous thing with God to give them up to such delusion,

that they may be damned,
since they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved; and the following character of them justifies the divine procedure:

who believed not the truth;
neither the word of truth, the Gospel of salvation, nor Christ, who is truth itself; and therefore were righteously given up to believe a lie; and whose damnation is just, according to the declaration of Christ, he that believeth not shall be damned:

but had pleasure in unrighteousness;
in sin, as all unrighteousness is; in sinful ways and works, and in unrighteous doctrines; as the doctrines of merit, of works of supererogation, and of justification by works, being derogatory to the justice of God, and to the righteousness of Christ; and in the unrighteous persecution and bloodshed of the saints, the martyrs of Jesus; in which the followers of antichrist take as much delight and pleasure, as an intemperate man does in drinking wine or strong drink to excess; and therefore the whore of Babylon is said to be drunk with the blood of the saints; and it is but just she should have blood to drink, or be punished both with temporal and eternal destruction.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 In-Context

10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Romans 1:32; Romans 2:8