I thank God ( χάριν ἔχω τῷ θεῷ )
Lit. I have thanks to God. The phrase in Luke 17:9; Acts 2:47; oP. unless 2 Corinthians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 12:28; 3 John 1:4. Paul uses εὐχαριστῶ Igive thanks (not in Pastorals) or εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεός blessedbe God (not in Pastorals). The phrase χάριν ἔχω is a Latinism, habere gratiam, of which several are found in Pastorals.
I serve ( λατρεύω )
In Pastorals only here. Comp. Romans 1:9, Romans 1:25; Philemon 3:3. Frequent in Hebrews. Originally, to serve for hire. In N.T. both of ritual service, as Hebrews 8:5; Hebrews 9:9; Hebrews 10:2; Hebrews 13:10; and of worship or service generally, as Luke 1:74; Romans 1:9. Especially of the service rendered to God by the Israelites as his peculiar people, as Acts 26:7. Comp. λατρεία service Romans 9:4; Hebrews 9:1, Hebrews 9:6. In lxx always of the service of God or of heathen deities.
From my forefathers ( ἀπὸ προγόνων )
Πρόγονος , PastoSee on 1 Timothy 5:4. The phrase N.T.oFor the thought, comp. Acts 14:14; Philemon 3:5. He means, in the spirit and with the principles inherited from his fathers. Comp. the sharp distinction between the two periods of Paul's life, Galatians 1:13, Galatians 1:14.
With pure conscience ( ἐν καθαρᾷ συνειδήσει )
As 1 Timothy 3:9. The phrase, Pasto Hebrews 9:14has καθαριεῖ τὴν συνίδησιν ἡμῶν shallpurge our conscience.
That without ceasing ( ὡς ἀδιάλειπτον )
The passage is much involved. Note (1) that χάριν ἔχω τῷ θεῷ Ithank God must have an object. (2) That object cannot be that he unceasingly remembers Timothy in his prayers. (3) That object, though remote, is ὑπόμνησιν λαβὼν whenI received reminder (2 Timothy 1:5). He thanks God as he is reminded of the faith of Timothy's ancestors and of Timothy himself. Rend. freely, “I thank God whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, as there goes along with my prayers an unceasing remembrance of thee, and a daily and nightly longing, as I recall thy tears, to see thee, that I may be filled with joy - I thank God, I say, for that I have been reminded of the unfeigned faith that is in thee,” etc. Ἀδιάλειπτον unceasingonly here and Romans 9:2. Ἁδιαλείπτως , Romans 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
I have remembrance ( ἔχω τὴν μνείαν )
The phrase once in Paul, 1 Thessalonians 3:6. Commonly, μνείαν ποιοῦμαι Imake mention, Romans 1:9; Ephesians 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; Philemon 1:4.
Night and day ( νυκτὸς καὶ ἡμέρας )
See 1 Timothy 5:5. The phrase in Paul, 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:8. Const. with greatly desiring.