Paul’s 2nd Epistle to the

Chapter One
  1. PAUL, and Sil-va′-nus, and Ti-mo′-the-us, unto the church of the Thes-sa-lo′-ni-ans in ⟨God⟩ our Father and the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩:
  2. Grace unto you, and peace, from ⟨God⟩ our Father and the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  3. We are bound to thank ⟨God⟩ always for y ou, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
  4. 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:
  5. 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;
  6. Seeing it is a righteous thing with ⟨God⟩ to recompense trib­u­la­tion to them that trouble you;
  7. And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
  8. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not ⟨God⟩, and that obey not the gospel of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩:
  9. Who shall be punished with ever­last­ing de­struc­tion from the presence of the ⟨Lord⟩, and from the glory of his power;
  10. 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.
  11. 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:
  12. 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⟩.
Chapter Two
  1. NOW we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, and by our ga­ther­ing together unto him,
  2. 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.
  3. 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;
  4. 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⟩.
  5. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
  6. And now ye know what with­hold­eth that he might be revealed in his time.
  7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
  8. 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:
  1. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
  2. And with all deceivable­ness of unrigh­teous­ness in them that per­ish; because they re­ceived not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
  3. And for this cause ⟨God⟩ shall send them strong de­lu­sion, that they should believe a lie:
  4. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleas­ure in unrighteousness.
  5. 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:
  6. Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the ob­tain­ing of the glory of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  7. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the tra­di­tions which ye have been taught, wheth­er by word, or our epistle.
  8. 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,
  9. Comfort your hearts, and stab­lish you in every good word and work.
Chapter Three
  1. FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
  2. And that we may be delivered from un­rea­son­able and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
  3. But the ⟨Lord⟩ is faithful, who shall stab­lish you, and keep you from evil.
  4. And we have confidence in the ⟨Lord⟩ touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
  5. And the ⟨Lord⟩ direct your hearts into the love of ⟨God⟩, and into the pa­tient wait­ing for ⟨Christ⟩.
  6. 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.
  7. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not our­selves dis­orderly among you;
  8. 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:
  9. Not because we have not power, but to make our­selves an en­sample unto you to follow us.
  10. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
  11. For we hear that there are some which walk among you dis­orderly, work­ing not at all, but are busybodies.
  12. Now them that are such we com­mand and exhort by our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, that with quiet­ness they work, and eat their own bread.
  13. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
  14. 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.
  15. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
  16. Now the ⟨Lord⟩ of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The ⟨Lord⟩ be with you all.
  17. The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
  18. The grace of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ be with you all. A-men′.
Line upon line, precept upon precept”…
for knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail,
but understanding remains (if gained from the former).