1 Corinthians 16:9
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New International Version
because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

New Living Translation
There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me.

English Standard Version
for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

New American Standard Bible
for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

King James Bible
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because a wide door for effective ministry has opened for me--yet many oppose me.

International Standard Version
because a door has opened wide for me to do effective work, although many people are opposing me.

NET Bible
because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, but there are many opponents.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For a great door is opened to me, filled with opportunities and many opponents.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have a great opportunity to do effective work here, although there are many people who oppose me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For a great and effectual door is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

King James 2000 Bible
For a great and effective door is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

American King James Version
For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

American Standard Version
for a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For a great door and evident is opened unto me: and many adversaries.

Darby Bible Translation
For a great door is opened to me and an effectual [one], and [the] adversaries many.

English Revised Version
for a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Webster's Bible Translation
For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Weymouth New Testament
for a wide door stands open before me which demands great efforts, and we have many opponents.

World English Bible
for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Young's Literal Translation
for a door to me hath been opened -- great and effectual -- and withstanders are many.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:1-9 The good examples of other Christians and churches should rouse us. It is good to lay up in store for good uses. Those who are rich in this world, should be rich in good works, 1Ti 6:17,18. The diligent hand will not make rich, without the Divine blessing, Pr 10:4,22. And what more proper to stir us up to charity to the people and children of God, than to look at all we have as his gift? Works of mercy are real fruits of true love to God, and are therefore proper services on his own day. Ministers are doing their proper business, when putting forward, or helping works of charity. The heart of a Christian minister must be towards the people among whom he has laboured long, and with success. All our purposes must be made with submission to the Divine providence, Jas 4:15. Adversaries and opposition do not break the spirits of faithful and successful ministers, but warm their zeal, and inspire them with fresh courage. A faithful minister is more discouraged by the hardness of his hearers' hearts, and the backslidings of professors, than by the enemies' attempts.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - A great door and effectual. A wide and promising opportunity for winning souls to God. The metaphor of "a door," perhaps suggested by our Lord himself, was common among Christians (2 Corinthians 2:12; Colossians 4:3; Acts 14:27; Revelation 3:8). Many adversaries (Acts 19:1, 8, 9, 19, 20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For a great door,.... Meaning an opportunity of ministering the word at Ephesus, a very populous city, and where he might have hope great good would be done. Some think that by this fair opportunity, or hopeful prospect, he means the populousness of the city; others, the conversion of some great men in it, which had made way for the introduction of Gospel there: but it seems rather to intend the desire that there appeared in many persons here to have the Gospel preached unto them; they flocked unto it; their hearts were opened to attend to it, and great numbers believed; and the apostle found a door of utterance in himself, and a door of entrance in them, which were reasons with him to tarry here.

And effectual is opened to me; not by him, but to him: this door was opened by him who has the key of David, that opens, and no man shuts; and the door of faith being opened by him, it was effectual to the quickening of sinners dead in trespasses and sins, to the enlightening of blind eyes, unstopping of deaf ears, and softening hard hearts; to the turning of souls from the power of Satan to God, to the quickening, comforting, and establishing of saints, and indeed to salvation to all that believe; which is the case when the word comes, not in word only, but in power; then it works effectually in them that believe; and since there was an opportunity of preaching the Gospel with such good effect, the apostle was desirous of making use of it:

and there are many adversaries; as there always are where the Gospel is preached, and especially with success, when sinners are converted, and saints are edified and comforted. The adversary Satan roars, and the posse of devils under him are employed one way or another to obstruct the Gospel if possible; false teachers are raised up to oppose it, and profane men are instigated by him to persecute the preachers and professors of it: so it was at Ephesus, the Jews disputed against it, and spoke evil of it; Demetrius the silversmith, and those of his craft, rose up in a tumultuous manner, crying, great is Diana of the Ephesians, stirring up the people against the apostle, and his companions; all which he had some foreviews of, and found to be true by experience, as may be seen in Acts 19:21 and which, though to another man would have been a reason to have departed, was a reason with him to stay; to bear his testimony to the Gospel, to appear in the defence of it, against the disputers of this world, and to strengthen and establish the minds of weak believers in it, who might have been in some danger through so many adversaries; wherefore he saw and judged that his presence was necessary, and that it was proper for him to stay the time he mentions.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. door—(2Co 2:12). An opening for the extension of the Gospel. Wise men are on the watch for, and avail themselves of, opportunities. So "door of hope," Ho 2:15. "Door of faith," Ac 14:27. "An open door," Re 3:8. "A door of utterance," Col 4:3. "Great," that is, extensive. "Effectual," that is, requiring great labors [Estius]; or opportune for effecting great results [Beza].

many adversaries—who would block up the way and prevent us from entering the open door. Not here false teachers, but open adversaries: both Jews and heathen. After Paul, by his now long-continued labors at Ephesus, had produced effects which threatened the interests of those whose gains were derived from idolatry, "many adversaries" arose (Ac 19:9-23). Where great good is, there evil is sure to start up as its antagonist.

1 Corinthians 16:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Plans for Travel
8But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost; 9for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
Cross References
Acts 14:27
On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

Acts 19:9
But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

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2 Corinthians 2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and …

Colossians 4:3 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, …

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