Ephesians 6:19
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New International Version
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

New Living Translation
And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God's mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.

English Standard Version
and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,

New American Standard Bible
and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

King James Bible
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.

International Standard Version
Pray also for me, so that, when I begin to speak, the right words will come to me. Then I will boldly make known the secret of the gospel,

NET Bible
Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak--that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also for me, that the word may be given to me by opening my mouth, that publicly I may preach the mystery of The Gospel,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Also pray that God will give me the right words to say. Then I will speak boldly when I reveal the mystery of the Good News.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

King James 2000 Bible
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

American King James Version
And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

American Standard Version
And on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And for me, that speech may be given me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, to make known the mystery of the gospel.

Darby Bible Translation
and for me in order that utterance may be given to me in [the] opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the glad tidings,

English Revised Version
And on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

Webster's Bible Translation
And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Weymouth New Testament
and ask on my behalf that words may be given to me so that, outspoken and fearless, I may make known the truths (hitherto kept secret)

World English Bible
on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News,

Young's Literal Translation
and in behalf of me, that to me may be given a word in the opening of my mouth, in freedom, to make known the secret of the good news,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:19-24 The gospel was a mystery till made known by Divine revelation; and it is the work of Christ's ministers to declare it. The best and most eminent ministers need the prayers of believers. Those particularly should be prayed for, who are exposed to great hardships and perils in their work. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith. By peace, understand all manner of peace; peace with God, peace of conscience, peace among themselves. And the grace of the Spirit, producing faith and love, and every grace. These he desires for those in whom they were already begun. And all grace and blessings come to the saints from God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Grace, that is, the favour of God; and all good, spiritual and temporal, which is from it, is and shall be with all those who thus love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, and with them only.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - And for me. Mark the un-priestly idea; so far from Paul having a store of grace for all the Galatians, he needed their prayers that, out of the one living store, the needful grace might be given to him. That utterance may be given to me, in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. With all his practice in preaching, he felt that every instance of right utterance was a gift - "may be given to me;" especially when great matters were involved - "in the opening of my mouth." To open the mouth denotes an authoritative act of teaching (comp. Matthew 5:2); on such occasions he especially desired boldness, not stormy vehemence, but earnestness, fearlessness in making known the destination of the gospel, once secret, now designed for all (comp. Ephesians 2.). Boldness was needed because the message was so hateful to some and so contemptible to others.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And for me,.... This shows the great humility of the apostle, and the sense he had of the greatness of the work of the ministry; and that it is the duty of people to pray for their ministers; and that no man is perfect in this life; and that the more superior members need the assistance of the inferior ones; for this request is made by the apostle not in dissimulation, or as feigning humility and modesty; but in the sincerity of his heart, and from a real sense of his need of fresh supplies of gifts and grace, to fit him for the work and service of Christ:

that utterance may be given unto me, or "that the word"; meaning not the subject matter of the ministry, the word of the Gospel, the word of faith, truth, and reconciliation, for that was committed to him; unless he should mean an increase of light and knowledge in it; but rather a faculty of speaking it freely and aptly, and what is commonly called elocution; not speaking with the enticing words of man's wisdom, but with the words of the Holy Ghost: or else an opportunity of preaching the word, and liberty to do it, as follows;

that I may open my mouth boldly; or "in the opening of my mouth"; the phrase is Rabbinical. The Jews (w) say, that when Moses came to write that passage, "let us make man in our image", &c. Genesis 1:26, he said before the Lord of the world, why dost thou give , "opening of the mouth", to heretics? i.e. an occasion to them of speaking, objecting to us, and of reproving and convincing us with respect to a plurality of persons in the Deity: and a little after they say,

"wherever you , "an opening of the mouth to heretics", you will find an answer by its side, or along with it.''

Now the apostle desired he might have something to say, to object to, and to reprove and convince the unbelieving Jews; that he might do this with boldness, with all faithfulness with Courage, and intrepidity, and with freedom of speech; or "openly" and "publicly", as the Syriac version renders it:

to make known, the mystery of the Gospel; or the mysterious doctrines of it, such as the doctrines of a trinity of persons, of the union of the two natures in Christ, justification by his righteousness, regeneration by his Spirit and grace, the saints' union to Christ, and communion with him, the resurrection of the dead, &c. which are called mysteries, because they were hid until revealed; and though revealed, the "modus" and "ratio" of them are not to be accounted for. Now the apostle's work was to make known these mysteries, to prove the truth of them from the word of God, and to defend them against the opposers of them; and that he might be able to do this he entreats the prayers of the saints.

(w) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 8. fol. 7. 1. & Vajikra Rabba, sect. 21. fol. 163. 1. Megillat Esther, fol. 94. 1, 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. for me—a different Greek preposition from that in Eph 6:18; translate, therefore, "on my behalf."

that I may open my mouth boldly—rather, "that there may be given to me 'utterance,' or 'speech' in the opening of my mouth (when I undertake to speak; a formula used in set and solemn speech, Job 3:1; Da 10:16), so as with boldness to make known," &c. Bold plainness of speech was the more needed, as the Gospel is a "mystery" undiscoverable by mere reason, and only known by revelation. Paul looked for utterance to be given him; he did not depend on his natural or acquired power. The shortest road to any heart is by way of heaven; pray to God to open the door and to open your mouth, so as to avail yourself of every opening (Jer 1:7, 8; Eze 3:8, 9, 11; 2Co 4:13).

Ephesians 6:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Pray Continually
18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Cross References
Romans 16:25
Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,

2 Corinthians 3:12
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

2 Corinthians 6:11
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.

Ephesians 3:3
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

Ephesians 3:4
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

Ephesians 3:9
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

Colossians 4:3
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

1 Thessalonians 5:25
Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
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for.

Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and …

2 Corinthians 1:11 You also helping together by prayer for us…

Philippians 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, …

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

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brothers, pray for us.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have …

Philemon 1:22 But with prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your …

Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things …

utterance.

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak …

1 Corinthians 1:5 That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and …

2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as you abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, …

that I.

Acts 4:13,29,31 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that …

Acts 9:27,29 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared …

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore stayed they speaking boldly in the Lord, which …

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and …

Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of …

Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern …

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of …

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

the mystery.

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

Ephesians 3:3,4 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote …

1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, …

1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

Colossians 1:26,27 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, …

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

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