#### Answer

x = -4

#### Work Step by Step

2 - (7x + 5) = 13 - 3x
Expand - (7x + 5) = -7x - 5; thus,
2 -7x - 5 = 13 - 3x
Combine like terms:
-7x + 3x = 13 - 2 + 5
-4x = 16
Divide both sides by -4:
x = -4
Check your answer by substituting the value of x= -4 to the original equation:
2 - (7x + 5) = 13 - 3x
2 - (7(-4) + 5) = 13 - 3(-4)
2 - (-28 + 5) = 13 + 12
2 - (-23) = 25
2 + 23 = 25
25 = 25 --> TRUE