Using Capitals

Q. I have a question in regard to 2 Thes. 2:7. My question is: “Why is ‘he’ not capitalized in the verse?” If it is referring to God as the one who restrains, and the Holy Spirit as the one who is taken out of the way, why do you think the words referencing ‘he’ are not in upper case?

A. For the most part decisions on capitalizing words are made by the translators and are often not specified in the original language. Different translations will vary on this. For instance, the NIV does not normally capitalize pronouns even when they refer to God. The Amplified Bible doesn’t use caps in the text of 2 Thes. 2:7 but does in its foot note on the verse. The general lack of capitals in translations of this verse may be due to the fact that many theologians still believe the verse is referring to the principles of law and government as embodied in the Roman Empire or its successors.

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