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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
2 Thessalonians 2

 

 

Verse 1

beseech. App-134.

by = on behalf of. App-104.

coming. See 1 Thessalonians 2:19.

Lord. App-98.

Jesus Christ. App-98.

gathering together. Greek. episunagoge. Only here and Hebrews 10:25. Compare the verb in Matthew 23:37; Matthew 24:31.


Verse 2

That = To the end that. App-104.

soon = quickly.

in = from. App-104.

or = nor. Greek. mete. Same as neither and nor, below.

be troubled. Greek. throeomai. Elsewhere, Matthew 24:6. Mark 13:7.

by. App-104. 2 Thessalonians 2:1.

spirit = spirit-communication. App-101.

word. App-121.

from. App-104. 2 Thessalonians 2:1.

Christ = the Lord, as the texts. The day of Christ is the day of 2 Thessalonians 2:1. Compare Philippians 1:1, Philippians 1:10; Philippians 2:16. The day of the Lord is the day of O.T. prophecy. See Isaiah 2:12.

at hand = present. Greek. enistemi. See Romans 8:38.


Verse 3

no man = not (App-105) any one (App-123)

deceive. Greek. exaptao. See Romans 7:11.

by any means. Literally according to (App-104) no (Greek. medeis) way. A double negative for emphasis.

for = because.

except = if (App-118) . . . not (App-105).

a = the.

falling away = apostasy. Greek. apostasia. Only here and Acts 21:21.

that = the.

man. App-123.

sin. App-128. Some texts read III. 4, as 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

be revealed. App-106.

son. App-108.

perdition. See John 17:12. Revelation 17:8, Revelation 17:11.


Verse 4

opposeth. Greek. antikeimai. Genitive translation be an adversary to.

exalteth himself. Greek. huperairomai. See 2 Corinthians 12:7.

God. App-98.

worshipped = an object of worship. Greek. sebasma. See Acts 17:23.

as God. The texts omit.

Temple. Greek. naos. See Matthew 23:16.

shewing. Greek. apodeiknumi. See Acts 2:22.


Verse 6

know. App-132.

withholdeth = holds fast. Greek. katecho. See the other occurances of this word, 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Matthew 21:38. Luke 4:42; Luke 8:15; Luke 14:9. John 5:4. Acts 27:40. Romans 1:18; Romans 7:6. 1 Corinthians 7:30; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Corinthians 15:2. 2 Corinthians 6:10. 1 Thessalonians 5:21. Philemon 1:13. Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 3:14; Hebrews 10:23.

his time = his own season. That which holds him fast is neuter. It is a place, the pit of the abyss (Revelation 9:1; Revelation 11:7; Revelation 13:1).


Verse 7

mystery. App-193.

iniquity = lawlessness. App-128.

work = work actively, as 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

letteth = holds fast. Greek. katecho, as 2 Thessalonians 2:6. Supply the Ellipsis by "there is one who holds fast", instead of by repeating the verb "will let". But katecho is a transitive verb, and an object must be supplied too. See all the occurances: 2 Thessalonians 2:6. If the subject be Satan, the object must be his position in the heavenlies (Ephesians 6:12), from which he will be ejected by Michael (Revelation 12:7-9).

out of the way = out of (Greek. ek) the midst. Compare the same expression in Acts 17:33; Acts 23:10. 1 Corinthians 5:2. 2 Corinthians 6:17. Colossians 2:14.


Verse 8

that wicked = the lawless one. App-128.

consume. Greek. analisko. See Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:15.

spirit = breath. App-101. Compare Isaiah 11:4; Isaiah 30:27, Isaiah 30:30, Isaiah 30:33.

destroy = bring to nought. Greek. katargeo. See Romans 3:3.

brightness. App-106.


Verse 9

after. App-104.

working. Greek. energeia. See 2 Thessalonians 2:7. App-172.

power . . . signs . . . wonders. App-176. 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:2.

lying. Literally of a lie. Greek. pseudos. See John 8:44. Romans 1:25.


Verse 10

all = every.

deceivableness = (form of) deceit.

unrighteousness. App-128.

in. The texts omit. Dative case.

them that perish = the perishing. See same phrase, 1 Corinthians 1:18. 2 Corinthians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 4:3.

because. Greek. anth" on, indicating exchange. Compare Romans 1:25 (Revised Version)

love. App-135.


Verse 11

for this cause = because of (App-104. 2 Thessalonians 2:2) this.

send. App-174.

strong delusion = a working (2 Thessalonians 2:9) of error (Greek. plane, as Romans 1:27).

believe. App-150.


Verse 12

That = In order that. Greek. hina.

damned = condemned, or judged. App-122.

had pleasure = were well pleased. See Matthew 3:17.


Verse 13

bound, &c. Compare 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

alway. App-151.

beloved. App-135.

Lord. App-98.

hath. Omit.

from the beginning. Greek. ap" arches. See John 8:44.

chosen = chose. Greek. haireomai. See Philippians 1:1, Philippians 1:22.

sanctification. Greek. hagiasmos. See Romans 6:19.

Spirit. The Sanctifier. App-101. Compare 1 Peter 1:2.

belief. Greek. pistis. App-150.


Verse 14

Whereunto = Unto (Greek. eis) which.

gospel. App-140.

obtaining. Greek. peripoiesis. See Ephesians 1:14.

glory. See p. 1511.


Verse 15

stand fast. See 1 Thessalonians 3:8.

hold = lay hold on, hold fast.

traditions. Greek. paradosis, as in 2 Thessalonians 3:6.

our. Should come after "by".


Verse 16

even. Omit.

Father. App-98.

hath. Omit.

hath given = gave.

everlasting. App-151.

consolation. Greek. paraklesis. See Luke 6:24. Acts 4:36.

grace. App-184.


Verse 17

Comfort. App-134.

stablish. Greek. sterizo. See Romans 1:11.

 


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-thessalonians-2.html. 1909-1922.

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