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Bible Commentaries

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 . 1Co 7:30 ; 1 Corinthians 11:2 ; 1 Corinthians 15:2 . 2Co 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 . 1Co 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". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/2-thessalonians-2.html. 1909-1922.