2 Thessalonians - The 2nd Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

By Vexen Crabtree 2012 Jul 14

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Chapters in 2 Thessalonians:
1  2  3 
Total verses: 47

Some Christians thought that the Second Coming was so imminent that they don't need to work for a living! It's not *that* imminent, says Paul!

13 of the books of the Christian New Testament are the epistles (letters) of St. Paul. Seven were probably written by Paul himself and six others have been written in his name by (anonymous) followers, some up to 80 years after his death. By the time the official Bible canon was produced, no-one knew that only some were genuine. The historical Paul probably did write 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Philemon and Romans. Letters forged in the name of Paul are 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Ephesians, Colossians and 2 Thessalonians.1. Paul was born in Tarsus as "Saul" and adopted the name of Paul after converting to what is now Christianity. He was an early leader of the growing Christian churches around the Roman Empire, and the writings of St. Paul are the earliest existing Christian writings known to historians. Despite this, Paul never met Jesus and appears to rely mostly on Greek myths and legends, many of which he copied, placing Jesus at the center of them instead of their original heroes.

"St Paul - History, Biblical Epistles, Gnosticism and Mithraism" by Vexen Crabtree (1999)


1. The 3 chapters of 2 Thessalonians (47 verses)

2 Thessalonians chapter 1 (12 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, to the assembly of Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!
3We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;We ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because increase greatly doth your faith, and abound doth the love of each one of you all, to one another;
4So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:so that we ourselves do glory in you in the assemblies of God, for your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye bear;
5Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:a token of the righteous judgment of God, for your being counted worthy of the reign of God, for which also ye suffer,
6Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;since `it is' a righteous thing with God to give back to those troubling you -- trouble,
7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,and to you who are troubled -- rest with us in the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with messengers of his power,
8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:in flaming fire, giving vengeance to those not knowing God, and to those not obeying the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ;
9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;who shall suffer justice -- destruction age-during -- from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of his strength,
10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.when He may come to be glorified in his saints, and to be wondered at in all those believing -- because our testimony was believed among you -- in that day;
11Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:for which also we do pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and may fulfil all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power,
12That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians chapter 2 (17 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,And we ask you, brethren, in regard to the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto him,

Some comments on 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 are on The End of the World is Nigh! The Dangers of Apocalyptism and End-Times Beliefs: 8.1. The Imminent End of the World in the Christian Bible

2 Thessalonians 2:9-13: Biblical Christianity Denies Free Will: 2. Those Who Are Not Chosen

2 Thessalonians 2:13: Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature: 2.1. No Free Will

2 Thessalonians 2:13 appears on Biblical Christianity Denies Free Will

2 Thessalonians 2:13 is discussed on Biblical Christianity Denies Free Will: 1.4. Misc. Biblical Text

2 Thessalonians 2:13 is mentioned on Biblical Christianity Denies Free Will: 1.4. Misc. Biblical Text

Some comments on 2 Thessalonians 2:13 are on Biblical Christianity Denies Free Will: 1.4. Misc. Biblical Text

2 Thessalonians 2:13: Monotheism and Free Will: God, Determinism and Fate: 4.1. Christianity

2 Thessalonians 2:13 is discussed on The Illusion of Choice: Free Will and Determinism: 8.3. Free Will in the Christian Bible

2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.that ye be not quickly shaken in mind, nor be troubled, neither through spirit, neither through word, neither through letters as through us, as that the day of Christ hath arrived;
3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;let not any one deceive you in any manner, because -- if the falling away may not come first, and the man of sin be revealed -- the son of the destruction,
4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.who is opposing and is raising himself up above all called God or worshipped, so that he in the sanctuary of God as God hath sat down, shewing himself off that he is God -- `the day doth not come'.
5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?Do ye not remember that, being yet with you, these things I said to you?
6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.and now, what is keeping down ye have known, for his being revealed in his own time,
7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.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,
8And 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:and then shall be revealed the Lawless One, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the manifestation of his presence,
9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,`him,' whose presence is according to the working of the Adversary, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders,
10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.and in all deceitfulness of the unrighteousness in those perishing, because the love of the truth they did not receive for their being saved,
11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:and because of this shall God send to them a working of delusion, for their believing the lie,
12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.that they may be judged -- all who did not believe the truth, but were well pleased in the unrighteousness.
13But we are bound to give thanks alway 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:And we -- we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved by the Lord, that God did choose you from the beginning to salvation, in sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth,
14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.to which He did call you through our good news, to the acquiring of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ;
15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.so, then, brethren, stand ye fast, and hold the deliverances that ye were taught, whether through word, whether through our letter;
16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,and may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, who did love us, and did give comfort age-during, and good hope in grace,
17Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

2 Thessalonians chapter 3 (18 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:As to the rest, pray ye, brethren, concerning us, that the word of the Lord may run and may be glorified, as also with you,
2And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.and that we may be delivered from the unreasonable and evil men, for the faith `is' not of all;
3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.and stedfast is the Lord, who shall establish you, and shall guard `you' from the evil;
4And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.and we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that the things that we command you ye both do and will do;
5And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.and the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God, and to the endurance of the Christ.
6Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.And we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw yourselves from every brother disorderly walking, and not after the deliverance that ye received from us,
7For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;for yourselves have known how it behoveth `you' to imitate us, because we did not act disorderly among you;
8Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:nor for nought did we eat bread of any one, but in labour and in travail, night and day working, not to be chargeable to any of you;
9Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.not because we have not authority, but that ourselves a pattern we might give to you, to imitate us;
10For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.for even when we were with you, this we did command you, that if any one is not willing to work, neither let him eat,
11For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.for we hear of certain walking among you disorderly, nothing working, but over working,
12Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.and such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness working, their own bread they may eat;
13But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.and ye, brethren, may ye not be weary doing well,
14And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.and if any one do not obey our word through the letter, this one note ye, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed,
15Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.and as an enemy count `him' not, but admonish ye `him' as a brother;
16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.and may the Lord of the peace Himself give to you the peace always in every way; the Lord `is' with you all!
17The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.The salutation by the hand of me, Paul, which is a sign in every letter; thus I write;
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ `is' with you all! Amen.

By Vexen Crabtree 2012 Jul 14
http://www.holybooks.info/2_thessalonians.html
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The Bible (NIV). The NIV is the best translation for accuracy whilst maintaining readability. Multiple authors, a compendium of multiple previously published books. I prefer to take quotes from the NIV but where I quote the Bible en masse I must quote from the KJV because it is not copyrighted, whilst the NIV is. [Book Review]

Ehrman, Bart
(2003) Lost Christianities. Hardback. Oxford University Press, New York, USA.
(2011) Forged. Subtitle: "Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are". Hardback. Published by HarperCollins, New York, USA.

Footnotes

  1. From www.ReligiousTolerance.org on 2002 August 19:
    "In his opinion, of the thirteen epistles which say that they were written by Paul, critical scholars have reached a near consensus that seven are Paul's: 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Philemon and Romans.
    Agreement that he did not write:
    • 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is about 90%
    • Ephesians is about 80%
    • Colossians is about 60%
    • 2 Thessalonians is a slight majority.
    "

    As an example, the historian Bart Ehrman notes in "Lost Christianities" that "the pastoral letters of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus [...] claim to be written by Paul, but appear to have been written long after his death"

    Yet other books are pseudonymous - forgeries by people who explicitly claim to be someone else. Included in this group is [...] probably the pastoral Epistles of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, quite likely the deutero-Pauline Epistles of 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, and Ephesians, and possibly 1 Peter and Jude.

    "Lost Christianities" by Bart Ehrman (2003)2

    And,

    Virtually all scholars agree that seven of the Pauline letters are authentic: Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon. [...] The other six differ in significant ways from this core group of seven. Three of them - 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus - are so much alike that most scholars are convinced that they were written by the same person. The other three are usually assigned to three different authors.

    "Forged" by Bart Ehrman (2011)3

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  2. Ehrman (2003) p235-236.^
  3. Ehrman (2011) p92. Added to this page on 2014 Jul 14.^

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