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to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thanksgiving. (A)I am grateful to God, whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,[a] as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day. [b]I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears, so that I may be filled with joy,

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  1. 1:3 As my ancestors did: this emphasizes the continuity of Judaism and Christianity; for a similar view, see Rom 9:3–5; Phil 3:4–6.
  2. 1:4–5 Purportedly written from prison in Rome (2 Tm 1:8, 17; 4:6–8) shortly before the writer’s death, the letter recalls the earlier sorrowful parting from Timothy, commending him for his faith and expressing the longing to see him again.

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