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I cease not giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; (Ephesians 1:16)
I cease not giving thanks for you. The Greek expression (οὐ παύω ou pauō) rendered cease not is undoubtedly an amplified or hyperbolic way of Paul saying, whenever he prays, he always gives thanks to God for the readers. (Cf. Col 1:9) The phrase cease not entails a somewhat double negative concerning giving thanks. Paul was deeply interested in the church’s well-being at Ephesus, and he would never overlook their welfare.
While making mention of you in my prayers. The expression make mention of (ποιέω poieō) has the sense of doing or acting, speaking to God about. In other words, Paul always mentions the Ephesians in his prayers to God. Paul was about 832.9 miles (1340.4 km) from Ephesus, imprisoned in Rome being persecuted for his zealous activity as a Christian missionary, and he had little expectation that he would see them again. Nevertheless, Paul believed in the power of prayer, and so he requested that they might progress in knowledge and grace. In the following verses, he will mention the subjects of his prayers.
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