Ephesians 1:16
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New International Version
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

New Living Translation
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly,

English Standard Version
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

New American Standard Bible
do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;

King James Bible
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

International Standard Version
I never stop giving thanks for you as I mention you in my prayers.

NET Bible
I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I do not cease to give thanks for you and to remember you in my prayers,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I never stop thanking God for you. I always remember you in my prayers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

King James 2000 Bible
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

American King James Version
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

American Standard Version
cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers,

Darby Bible Translation
do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention [of you] at my prayers,

English Revised Version
cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Webster's Bible Translation
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Weymouth New Testament
offer never ceasing thanks on your behalf while I make mention of you in my prayers.

World English Bible
don't cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,

Young's Literal Translation
do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:15-23 God has laid up spiritual blessings for us in his Son the Lord Jesus; but requires us to draw them out and fetch them in by prayer. Even the best Christians need to be prayed for: and while we hear of the welfare of Christian friends, we should pray for them. Even true believers greatly want heavenly wisdom. Are not the best of us unwilling to come under God's yoke, though there is no other way to find rest for the soul? Do we not for a little pleasure often part with our peace? And if we dispute less, and prayed more with and for each other, we should daily see more and more what is the hope of our calling, and the riches of the Divine glory in this inheritance. It is desirable to feel the mighty power of Divine grace, beginning and carrying on the work of faith in our souls. But it is difficult to bring a soul to believe fully in Christ, and to venture its all, and the hope of eternal life, upon his righteousness. Nothing less than Almighty power will work this in us. Here is signified that it is Christ the Saviour, who supplies all the necessities of those who trust in him, and gives them all blessings in the richest abundance. And by being partakers of Christ himself, we come to be filled with the fulness of grace and glory in him. How then do those forget themselves who seek for righteousness out of him! This teaches us to come to Christ. And did we know what we are called to, and what we might find in him, surely we should come and be suitors to him. When feeling our weakness and the power of our enemies, we most perceive the greatness of that mighty power which effects the conversion of the believer, and is engaged to perfect his salvation. Surely this will constrain us by love to live to our Redeemer's glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Cease not to give thanks for you. This clause expresses the continuation of a former action - the giving thanks for them had begun before the hearing of their faith and love - from the days, in short, of his personal intercourse. We notice as a remarkable feature of Paul's personal religion, as well as his pastoral care, the frequency of his thanksgiving, indicating the prevalence in him of a bright, joyous state of mind, and tending to increase and perpetuate the same. Constantly to recognize God's goodness in the past begets a larger expectation of it in the future. Making mention of you in my prayers. This seems additional to his giving thanks. "Prayers" (προσευχῶν) refers more to supplication and entreaty. While thankful for them, his heart was not satisfied regarding them; he wished them to forget the things behind, and reach forth to those before. The apostle's prayers for his spiritual charge are always remarkable. They are very short, but wonderfully deep and comprehensive; very rich and sublime in aspiration; powerful in their pleas, whether expressed or implied; and exhaustive in the range of blessings which they implore.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Cease not to give thanks for you,.... On account of their faith and love; which were gifts of grace bestowed upon them, and not the produce of their own free will and power; and therefore thanks are given to God for them:

making mention of you in my prayers; which shows the apostle to be a praying person, and that he was constant at the throne of grace, where he prayed for others as well as for himself; and it points out the time and way, when, and in which he gave thanks to God for them; and is mentioned, not only to testify his great affection for them, but also to excite them, by his example, to the practice of those duties themselves.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. (Col 1:9).

of you—omitted in the oldest manuscripts. Then the translation may be as English Version still, or as Alford, "making mention of them" (your "faith and love").

Ephesians 1:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
15For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.…
Cross References
Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,
Treasury of Scripture

Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Cease.

Romans 1:8,9 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your …

1 Samuel 7:8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry to the …

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD …

Philippians 1:3,4 I thank my God on every remembrance of you…

Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying …

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

making.

Genesis 40:14 But think on me when it shall be well with you, and show kindness, …

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

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