Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)

The Second Epistle of Saint Pavl to the Thessalonians

He requireth them, in no case to thinke that Domes-day is at hand, 3 repeating vnto them that there must before come first a reuolt, secondly the reuelation also of Antichrist himself in person, and that Antichrist shal not permit any God to be worshipped but only himself: that also with his lying wonders he shal winne to him the incredulous Iewes. But Christ shal come then immediately in maiestie, and destroy him and his. 13 Therfore he thanketh God for the faith of the Thessalonians, 15 and biddeth them stick to his Traditions both written and vnwritten, and praith God to confirme them.
1. AND we desire you, Brethren, by the comming of our Lord Iesvs Christ, & of our congregation into him;
2. that you be not easily moued from your sense, nor be terrified, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle as sent by vs, as though the day of our Lord were at hand.
3. Let no man seduce you by any meanes, for vnlesse there come a reuolt first, & the man of sinne be reuealed, the sonne of perdition,
4. which is an aduersarie & is extolled aboue al that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself as though he were God.
5. Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6. And now what letteth, you know: that he may be reuealed in his time.
7. (For now the mysterie of iniquitie worketh: only that he which now holdeth, doe hold, vntil he be taken out of the way.)
8. And then that wicked one shal be reuealed whom our Lord Iesvs shal kil with the spirit of his mouth; and shal destroy with the manifestation of his aduent, him,
9. whose comming is according to the operation of Satan, in al power, and lying signes and wonders;
10. and in al seducing of iniquitie to them that perish; for that they haue not receiued the charitie of the truth that they might be saued.
11. Therfore God wil send them the operation of errour, to beleeue lying:
12. that al may be iudged which haue not beleeued the truth, but haue consented to iniquitie.
13. But we ought to giue thankes to God alwaies for you, Brethren beloued of God, that he hath chosen you first-fruits vnto saluation, in sanctification of spirit and faith of the truth:
14. into the which also he hath called you by our Ghospel, vnto the purchasing of the glorie of our Lord Iesvs Christ.
15. Therfore, Brethren, stand; and hold the Traditions which you haue learned, whether it be by word, or by our epistle.
16. And our Lord Iesvs Christ himself and God and our Father which hath loued vs, and hath giuen eternal consolation, and good hope in grace,
17. exhort your harts and confirme you in euery good worke and word.