Ephesians 6:20
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New International Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

New Living Translation
I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God's ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

English Standard Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

New American Standard Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

King James Bible
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.

International Standard Version
for whose sake I am an ambassador in chains, desiring to declare the gospel as boldly as I should.

NET Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That of which I am an Ambassador in chains, that I may speak it with boldness as it is necessary for me to speak it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because I have already been doing this as Christ's representative, I am in prison. So pray that I speak about this Good News as boldly as I have to.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in this I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.

King James 2000 Bible
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that in this I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

American King James Version
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

American Standard Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which I am an ambassador in a chain, so that therein I may be bold to speak according as I ought.

Darby Bible Translation
for which I am an ambassador [bound] with a chain, that I may be bold in it as I ought to speak.

English Revised Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
For which I am an embassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Weymouth New Testament
to spread which I am an ambassador in chains--so that when telling them I may speak out boldly as I ought.

World English Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Young's Literal Translation
for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may speak freely -- as it behoveth me to speak.
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 20. - For which I am an ambassador in chains. Thereby not only physically helpless, but in danger of being subdued into tameness, the ordinary effect of captivity, and thus reduced to a spirit not befitting the bearer of a great message from the King of kings. That in it - i.e., in the matter of it, of the gospel - I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For which I am an ambassador in bonds,.... The character the apostle bore was that of an ambassador; and he was an ambassador from and for Christ, in his room and stead; he represented him, he was sent by him, and entrusted by him with the Gospel; he gave him it, and a commission to preach it, and furnished him with qualifications for it; such as knowledge and faithfulness wisdom and prudence, courage and greatness of mind; and made his embassy successful: and he was chiefly an ambassador to the Gentiles, which showed great condescension in Christ to send him to them, and base ingratitude in the despisers and rejecters of the Gospel, for which he was an ambassador; for the embassy Christ's ministers are sent on, is the embassy of the Gospel of peace: their business is to declare that men by nature are enemies to God; that peace is made by the blood of Christ for such; by which means they are made useful to conciliate the minds of men to God's way of salvation and to bring them to submit to his government and laws: and when he adds, "in bonds", or "in a chain", he means, that he was in such circumstances, not for any crime, but for the Gospel, for which he was an ambassador; and therefore was not ashamed of his bonds, or chain, but rather gloried in them; and he makes mention of them to engage persons to a regard to him as an ambassador, and to his embassy; for an ambassador, especially an ambassador of Christ, that comes with his Gospel, and more especially that is suffering for it, ought to be received, heard, and honoured.

That therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak; that is, the apostle beseeches the saints to pray for him, that since he was an ambassador for the Gospel, and in bonds, that he might speak in it, or rather of it boldly and freely; that he might have both liberty from his bonds, and liberty in his soul, and freedom of speech; and that he might use boldness in delivering his message, as became an ambassador of Jesus Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. For—Greek, as in Eph 6:19, "On behalf of which."

an ambassador in bonds—a paradox. Ambassadors were held inviolable by the law of nations, and could not, without outrage to every sacred right, be put in chains. Yet Christ's "ambassador is in a chain!" The Greek is singular. The Romans used to bind a prisoner to a soldier by a single chain, in a kind of free custody. So Ac 28:16, 20, "I am bound with this chain." The term, "bonds" (plural), on the other hand, is used when the prisoner's hands or feet were bound together (Ac 26:29); compare Ac 12:6, where the plural marks the distinction. The singular is only used of the particular kind of custody described above; an undesigned coincidence [Paley].

Ephesians 6:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Pray Continually
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
Jeremiah 40:1
The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon.

Acts 21:33
The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.

Acts 28:20
For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain."

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

2 Corinthians 5:20
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Ephesians 3:1
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.

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.

Colossians 4:4
Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

2 Timothy 1:16
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.

Philemon 1:9
yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--
Treasury of Scripture

For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

I am.

Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Isaiah 33:7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of …

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

bonds. or, a chain. See on ch.

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk …

2 Samuel 10:2-6 Then said David, I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, …

Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that …

Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to …

Philippians 1:7,13,14 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

2 Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed …

2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even to bonds; but the …

Philemon 1:10 I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

therein. or, thereof. boldly. See on ver.

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show …

Jeremiah 1:7,8,17 But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go …

Ezekiel 2:4-7 For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send you to …

Matthew 10:27,28 What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you …

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to …

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

Colossians 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

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, …

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

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