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even everlasting destruction, from the face of the Lord, 10 and from the glory of his power*; when he shall come

in that day † to be glorified by his saints, and to be ad

mired by all those that have believed : (for our testi11 mony among you hath been believed.) To which end

we pray also for you always, that our God would render you worthy of this calling, and accomplish with power,

every kind intention of beneficence and work of faith I: 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified

by you, and ye by him, according to the favour % of our

God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ch. 11. Now we beseech you, brethren, concerning the apСн

, pearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering

, 2 together unto him, that ye be not easily shaken from

your judgement, or troubled either by revelation of the

spirit, or by word, or by epistle, as from us, that the 3 day of the Lord || is instantly coming 1. Let no man de

ceive you by any means: for that day will not come, un

less there come a falling away first, and the man of sin 4 be revealed, the son of destruction ; who opposeth, and

exalteth himself above, every one that is called god, or

the object of worship : so that he sitteth ** in the temple 5 of God, shewing himself to be a god. Remember ye

not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these 6 things ? And now ye know what hindereth ; to the end 7 that he may be revealed in his own time. For the my


* Or, his glorious power. N. m.

+ that great day, N. # See Wakefield. “count you worthy of this calling, and accomplish all the gra. cious pleasure of his goodness, and your work of faith with power,” N. fi. e. gratuitous goodness, N. m. Or, gracious gospel. ll the day of Christ, R. T.

See Chandler, near, N. Nempe hoc anno; nam svesnxsy dicitur de re præsenti. Rom. viii. 38. 1 Cor. iii. 22. Grotius. The apostle had never affirmed that the second coming of Christ was to take place instantaneously, or that very year, as he knew that some important events were to intervene. But this is by no means inconsistent with the supposition that he might expect this event to take place before the decease of some who were then living. See the note upon 1 Thess. iv. 15.

** as God he sitteth, &c. R, T.

stery of unrighteousness already worketh : only he who

now hindereth * will hinder, until he be taken out of the 8 way. And then the unrighteous one will be revealed,

whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of

his mouth, and will destroy with the brightness of his 9 appearance: even him, whose appearance is according

to the working of Satan, with all false miracles and 10 signs and wonderst, and with all iniquitous deceit among

those that are lost ; because they received not the love of 11 the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause

God will send them a mighty working of error, that they 12 should believe falsehood; so that all will be condemned who believe not the truth, but have pleasure in iniquity

. 13 But we ought to give thanks always to God for you,

brethren beloved of the Lord, that God from the beginning chose

you to salvation, through sanctification of the 14 spirit, and through belief of the truth : for which end, he

hath called you by the gospel which we preach 1, to the

obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, stand firmly, and hold fast the tra

ditions which ye have been taught, whether by our word 16 or epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our

God and Father, that hath loved us, and hath given 28

everlasting comfort and good hope through his favour, 17 comfort your hearts, and establish [you Ş] in every good

9 doctrine and work. CH. 111. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of

the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as 2 it is among you; and that we may be delivered from un3 reasonable and wicked men: for all have not faith. But

the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and keep 4 you from evil Hl. And we have confidence through the

Or, only there is who now hindereth, until &c. N. m.
+ Gr. power and signs and wonders of falsehood, N. in.
# Gr. our gospel, N. m.

Or, establish them. MSS.
| Or, the evil one, N. m. Syr. reads, “ from all evil." Newcome.

Lord, concerning you, that ye both do, and will do, the 5 things which we command you. And may the Lord di

rect your hearts to the love of God, and to patient wait

ing for Christ. 6 Now, we command you, brethren, in the name of our

Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw yourselves from every

brother that walketh irregularly *, and not according to 7 the tradition t which they received I from us. For your

selves know how ye ought to imitate us; for we behaved 8 not ourselves in a disorderly way among you: nor did

we eat bread from any man for nothing; but worked with

labour and toil, night and day, that we might not be 9 burthensome to any of you : not because we have no right; but to make ourselves an example to you,


ye 10 might imitate us. For, when we were with you, this we

commanded you, that, if any be not willing to work, 11 neither let him eat. For we hear that there are some that

walk among you in a disorderly way, doing no business, 12 but prying into the business of others. Now those that

are such we command, and exhort by our Lord Jesus

Christ, that they do their own business with quiet, and 13 eat their own bread. But, brethren, be not ye weary in 14 well-doing. And if any man obey not our word by this

epistle, mark that man, and keep not company with him, 15 that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an 16 enemy, but admonish him as a brother. Now the Lord

of peace himself give you peace ever in every manner 5.

The Lord be with 17 The salutation by the hand of me Paul ; which is my 18 token in every epistle : thus I write. The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.


you all.

* "in a disorderly way,” N.

which he received, R. T.

+ i. e. doctrine, N. m.

Or, in every place. MSS. N. m.

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Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the appointment 2 of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus*, our hope, to Ti

mothy my own son in the faith; favour, mercy, and peace † from God Cour] Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord.

As I besought thee to remain at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some not to A teach other doctrines, nor give heed to fables, and end

less genealogies, which minister questions rather than 5 the dispensation of God which is by faith I; so do. Now

the end of this charge to thee is love out of a pure heart, 6 and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from

all which some having erred, have turned aside to vain 7 talk; desiring to be teachers of the law, yet not under

standing what they say, nor concerning what they strong

* and the Lord Jesus Christ, R. T. who is our hope, N. + peace be to him, N.

† This is the reading of all the antient manuscripts except the Clermont. The mean ing is, that idle questions concerning the fabulous genealogies of the Oriental philosophy would rather lead to trifing and endless disputes than to a practical kno* ledge of the gospel dispensation. The Primate adopts the received text, and renders the passage “rather than that godly edifying which is by faith.”

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8 ly affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man 9 use it as the law requireth ; knowing this, that the law is

not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the un

holy and profane, for murtherers of fathers and murther10 ers of mothers, for murtherers of mankind, for fornica

tors, for those who defile themselves with males, for man

stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be 11 any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, ac

cording to the glorious gospel of the blessed * God 12 which hath been committed to my trust. And I thank

Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath given me strength, that

he counted me faithful, and put me into the ministry; 13 who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and in

jurious: but I obtained mercy, because I acted ignorant14 ly through unbelief: and the favour † of our Lord was

exceedingly abundant, with that faith and love which 15 are in Christ Jesus. These are true words, and worthy

to be received by all, that Christ Jesus came into the

world to save sinners; of whom I am a chief sinner. 16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me a

chief sinner Jesus Christ might shew forth all long-suf

fering, for an example to those who should hereafter be17 lieve on him to everlasting life. Now to the King eter

nal, immortal, invisible, the only God ļ, be honour and

glory for ever and ever. Amen. 18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, ac

cording to the prophecies which went before concern

ing thee, that by them thou mightest war a good warfare; 19 holding faith and a good conscience, which some having 20 put away, have made shipwreck as to their faith : of

whom are Hymenéus and Alexander; whom I have

* happy, N.

Or, by, N. m.

of i. e. gratuitous goodness, N. m,

the only wise God, R, T.

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