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

Thanksgiving and Charge to Timothy

I am thankful to God, whom I have served with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,[a] when I remember you in my prayers as I do constantly night and day.[b] As I remember your tears, I long to see you,[c] so that I may be filled with joy.

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  1. 2 Timothy 1:3 tn Grk “from my ancestors.”
  2. 2 Timothy 1:3 tn Or “as I do constantly. By night and day I long to see you…”
  3. 2 Timothy 1:4 tn Grk “longing to see you, remembering your tears” (as a continuation of the preceding clause). Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.

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