Philippians 1:12
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New International Version
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

New Living Translation
And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.

English Standard Version
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,

New American Standard Bible
Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel,

King James Bible
But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advance of the gospel,

International Standard Version
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually caused the gospel to advance.

NET Bible
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I wish you to know my brethren, that my condition has come all the more to anticipate The Gospel;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what happened to me has helped to spread the Good News.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel,

King James 2000 Bible
But I wish you to understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have served rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

American King James Version
But I would you should understand, brothers, that the things which happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel;

American Standard Version
Now I would have you know, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the progress of the gospel;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now, brethren, I desire you should know, that the things which have happened to me, have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel:

Darby Bible Translation
But I would have you know, brethren, that the circumstances in which I am have turned out rather to the furtherance of the glad tidings,

English Revised Version
Now I would have you know, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the progress of the gospel;

Webster's Bible Translation
But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel;

Weymouth New Testament
Now I would have you know, brethren, that what I have gone through has turned out to the furtherance of the Good News rather than otherwise.

World English Bible
Now I desire to have you know, brothers, that the things which happened to me have turned out rather to the progress of the Good News;

Young's Literal Translation
And I wish you to know, brethren, that the things concerning me, rather to an advancement of the good news have come,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:12-20 The apostle was a prisoner at Rome; and to take off the offence of the cross, he shows the wisdom and goodness of God in his sufferings. These things made him known, where he would never have otherwise been known; and led some to inquire after the gospel. He suffered from false friends, as well as from enemies. How wretched the temper of those who preached Christ out of envy and contention, and to add affliction to the bonds that oppressed this best of men! The apostle was easy in the midst of all. Since our troubles may tend to the good of many, we ought to rejoice. Whatever turns to our salvation, is by the Spirit of Christ; and prayer is the appointed means of seeking for it. Our earnest expectation and hope should not be to be honoured of men, or to escape the cross, but to be upheld amidst temptation, contempt, and affliction. Let us leave it to Christ, which way he will make us serviceable to his glory, whether by labour or suffering, by diligence or patience, by living to his honour in working for him, or dying to his honour in suffering for him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel. After thanksgiving and prayer, St. Paul turns to his own imprisonment at Rome. That imprisonment, he says, has resulted in the furtherance of the gospel, rather than, as might have been expected, in its hindrance.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But I would ye should understand, brethren,.... The church at Philippi having heard of the apostle's troubles, he was very desirous that they should have a true and right understanding of them, and especially of the use they had been of, and were like to be of more and more; and that partly that such as were weak among them might not be offended and staggered, and partly that all might be comforted; as also that they might be animated and encouraged hereby to endure, with patience and cheerfulness, whatsoever afflictions might befall them for the sake of Christ: his sufferings are more obscurely expressed in the next clause, and more clearly in Philippians 1:13,

that the things which happened unto me; by which he intends, not anything done by him, or his labour in the ministry, which had been greatly succeeded for the spread of the Gospel; as the Syriac version suggests, rendering the phrase, , "that my work makes more abundant progress in the Gospel": but his sufferings on account of the Gospel, which though said to happen, were not things of chance but of appointment; for as all the sufferings of Christ the head, were by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, so are those of all the members of his mystical body, and of his ministers who are appointed to these things, and they for them; of which Christ has given previous notice, so that they do not come unexpected, but are looked for by them; nor are they over distressed with them, being supported with the presence, Spirit, grace, and favour of God; hence they can rejoice in them, in hope of the glory of God; and as the afflictions of Gospel ministers, the quality and quantity of them, are fixed and settled by divine appointment, and which accordingly come upon them, so the use of them is also determined, and which have their sure and certain effect as the apostle's had; for the very things by which men designed to have hindered the spread of the Gospel, he says,

have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel. The Gospel, though it is good news and glad tidings of peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation by Christ; yet is very disagreeable to carnal men, they are enemies to it; and do all they can to stop its progress, to shut the open door of it, and hinder its course by speaking reproachfully of it, and writing against it, and especially by persecuting its professors, and particularly its ministers; which oftentimes proves rather a furtherance than an hinderance of it; for hereby the Gospel, like gold and silver tried in the fire, shines out the more brightly, with more lustre and glory, and has the greater influence on the minds of men; persecution in one place has often been the means of carrying and spreading the Gospel in many others; see Acts 8:1; and has been God's ordinance for the conversion of multitudes of souls, where it has been the fiercest and hottest; insomuch that it became a common saying in primitive times, that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church; and hereby also the Gospel has been confirmed, and they that have embraced it have been the more established in it. The apostle's sufferings and bonds were for the confirmation and defence of the Gospel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. understand—Greek, "know." The Philippians probably had feared that his imprisonment would hinder the spread of the Gospel; he therefore removes this fear.

the things which happened unto me—Greek, "the things concerning me."

rather—so far is my imprisonment from hindering the Gospel. Faith takes in a favorable light even what seems adverse [Bengel] (Php 1:19, 28; Php 2:17).

Philippians 1:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Trials Advance the Gospel
12Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, 13so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,…
Cross References
Luke 21:13
And so you will bear testimony to me.

Philippians 1:5
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

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.

Philippians 2:22
But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

Philippians 4:3
Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Philippians 4:15
Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;

1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.
Treasury of Scripture

But I would you should understand, brothers, that the things which happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel;

that.

Acts 21:28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teaches all …

Acts 22:1-30 Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you…

Acts 28:1-31 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita…

rather.

Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing …

Esther 9:1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth …

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath …

Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Acts 11:19-21 Now they which were scattered abroad on the persecution that arose …

Romans 8:28,37 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

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

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