2:9 The arrival of the lawless one 1 will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles 2 and signs and false wonders, 2:10 and with every kind of evil deception directed against 3 those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth 4 so as to be saved. 2:11 Consequently 5 God sends on them a deluding influence 6 so that they will believe what is false. 2:12 And so 7 all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned. 8
1 tn Grk “whose coming,” referring to the lawless one. Because of the length and complexity of the Greek construction, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
2 tn Grk “every miracle.”
3 tn Grk “deception for/toward.”
4 tn Grk “they did not accept the love of the truth.”
5 tn Grk “and for this reason.”
6 tn Grk “a working of error.”
7 tn Grk “that.” A new sentence was started here in the translation for stylistic reasons.
8 tn Grk “be judged,” but in this context the term clearly refers to a judgment of condemnation (BDAG 568 s.v. κρίνω 5.b.α; cf. KJV “that they all might be damned”). CEV views the condemnation as punishment (“will be punished”).