1. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Where does the word for “constantly” fall in the verse?

1 Thessalonians 1:2 (ESV)

2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,

The last word of the verse in Greek is the word for “ceaselessly” or “constantly.” The word can be connected with the first verb of 1 Thessalonians 1:3, as the NIV translators have done, or it can be taken to qualify the last verb of verse 2 (in which case we would translate the last part of 1 Thessalonians 1:2 as “constantly remembering you in our prayers”). The second option seems better because (a) the word in its three other occurrences in Paul always qualifies a verb of praying or thanking; and (b) the verb “remembering” in verse 3 is qualified by the phrase “before our God and Father.”