2:1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren,
2:1 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters,

2:2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
2:2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.

2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition,
2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction.

2:4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
2:4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.

2:5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this?
2:5 Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?

2:6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
2:6 And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed when his time comes.

2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed.

2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming.
2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming.

2:9 The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,
2:9 The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders,

2:10 and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
2:10 and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

2:11 Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false,
2:11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false,

2:12 so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2:12 so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.

2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
2:13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

2:14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2:14 For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2:15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
2:15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,

2:17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
2:17 comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.