2 Thessalonians 1-3
King James Version (KJV)
1Â Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2Â Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3Â We 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;
4Â So 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:
5Â Which 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:
6Â Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7Â And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8Â In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9Â Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10Â When 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.
11Â Wherefore 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:
12Â 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 the Lord Jesus Christ.
2Â Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Â That 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.
3Â Let 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;
4Â Who 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.
5Â Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6Â And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7Â For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8Â 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:
9Â Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10Â And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11Â And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12Â That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13Â But 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:
14Â Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15Â Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16Â Now 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,
17Â Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
3Â Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2Â And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3Â But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4Â And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5Â And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
6Â Now 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.
7Â For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8Â Neither 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:
9Â Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10Â For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11Â For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12Â Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
13Â But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14Â And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15Â Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16Â Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
17Â The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
18Â The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
12Â And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,
13Â Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
14Â And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
15Â But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.
16Â And he drave them from the judgment seat.
17Â Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.
18Â And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
19Â And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20Â When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
21Â But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
22Â And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.
23Â And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
24Â And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25Â This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
26Â And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
27Â And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:
28Â For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
19Â And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2Â He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3Â And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4Â Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5Â When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6Â And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7Â And all the men were about twelve.
8Â And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9Â But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10Â And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11Â And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12Â So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
13Â Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14Â And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15Â And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16Â And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17Â And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18Â And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
19Â Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20Â So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
21Â After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
22Â So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.