2 Thessalonians 1:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Thessalonians 1:7, NIV: and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.

2 Thessalonians 1:7, ESV: and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels

2 Thessalonians 1:7, KJV: And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

2 Thessalonians 1:7, NASB: and to give relief to you who are afflicted, along with us, when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels

2 Thessalonians 1:7, NLT: And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels,

2 Thessalonians 1:7, CSB: and to give relief to you who are afflicted, along with us. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels,

What does 2 Thessalonians 1:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse anticipates the second coming of our Lord. His arrival will put things right. Afflicted Christians can find relief in knowing that Jesus will judge those who trouble them. The word translated "relief" in this verse is anesin, meaning "loosening" or "rest." Instead of being agitated or worried, Christians can relax, because Jesus is coming again, and when He comes, He will be accompanied by His mighty angels. James urged his persecuted readers to be patient until the coming of the Lord (James 5:7).

Paul included himself, Silas, and Timothy among those who would find relief from all their troubles when Jesus returns. Trials assault all Christians, whether or not they are God's appointed leaders. Likewise, divine retribution comes to all persecutors regardless of their rank and station in life. This fact is illustrated in the story Jesus told in Luke 16:19–31 about a rich man and the beggar named Lazarus. The rich man, who lived lavishly without regard for God or Lazarus, died and went to Hades, whereas Lazarus died and went to paradise, where he rested. When the rich man complained about his suffering in Hades, Abraham reminded him that he had received good things in his life, whereas Lazarus had received bad things. He added, "But now he [Lazarus] is comforted here, and you are in anguish" (v. 25).