Not forsaking (mh egkataleiponte). "Not leaving behind, not leaving in the lurch" ( 2 Timothy 4:10 ). The assembling of yourselves together (thn episunagwghn eautwn). Late double compound from episunagw, to gather together (sun) besides (epi) as in Matthew 23:37 ; Luke 17:27 . In N.T. only here and 2 Thessalonians 2:1 . In an inscription 100 B.C. for collection of money (Deissmann, Light, etc., p. 103). As the custom of some is (kaqw eqo tisin). "As is custom to some." For eqo (custom) see Luke 22:39 ; John 19:40 . Already some Christians had formed the habit of not attending public worship, a perilous habit then and now. So much the more as (tosoutwi mallon oswi). Instrumental case of measure or degree, "by so much the more as," both with tosoutwi and oswi. The day drawing nigh (eggizousan thn hmeran). The Second Coming of Christ which draws nearer all the time ( Romans 13:12 ).