Philippians 1:13
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New International Version
As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

New Living Translation
For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ.

English Standard Version
so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.

Berean Study Bible
As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
so as for my chains in Christ to have become clearly known in all the palace guard and to all the rest;

New American Standard Bible
so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,

King James Bible
So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard, and to everyone else, that my imprisonment is in the cause of Christ.

International Standard Version
As a result, it has become clear to the whole imperial guard and to everyone else that I am in prison for preaching about the Messiah.

NET Bible
The whole imperial guard and everyone else knows that I am in prison for the sake of Christ,

New Heart English Bible
so that it became evident to the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So also my chains were revealed by The Messiah to the whole Praetorium and to everyone else.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a result, it has become clear to all the soldiers who guard the emperor and to everyone else that I am in prison because of Christ.

New American Standard 1977
so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,

Jubilee Bible 2000
so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace and in all other places;

King James 2000 Bible
So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

American King James Version
So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

American Standard Version
so that my bonds became manifest in Christ throughout the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest;

Douay-Rheims Bible
So that my bands are made manifest in Christ, in all the court, and in all other places;

Darby Bible Translation
so that my bonds have become manifest [as being] in Christ in all the praetorium and to all others;

English Revised Version
so that my bonds became manifest in Christ throughout the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest;

Webster's Bible Translation
So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

Weymouth New Testament
And thus it has become notorious among all the Imperial Guards, and everywhere, that it is for the sake of Christ that I am a prisoner;

World English Bible
so that it became evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
so that my bonds have become manifest in Christ in the whole praetorium, and to the other places -- all,
Study Bible
Paul's Trials Advance the Gospel
12Now I want you to know, brothers, that my circumstances have actually served to advance the gospel. 13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14And most of the brothers, confident in the Lord by my chains, now dare more greatly to speak the word without fear.…
Cross References
Acts 28:30
Paul stayed there two full years in his own rented house, welcoming all who came to visit him.

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me.

Philippians 1:30
since you are encountering the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

2 Timothy 2:9
for which I suffer to the extent of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained!
Treasury of Scripture

So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

Acts 20:23,24 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds …

Acts 21:11-13 And when he was come to us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his …

Acts 26:29,31 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that …

Acts 28:17,20 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief …

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 …

Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, …

Colossians 4:3-18 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, …

in Christ. or, for Christ.

1 Peter 4:12-16 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

the palace. or, Caesar's court.

Philippians 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

in all other places. or, to all others.

1 Thessalonians 1:8,9 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia …

(13) My bonds in Christ are manifest.--Properly, My bonds are made manifest as in Christ--i.e., my captivity is understood as being a part of my Christian life and work, and so becomes a starting-point for the preaching of the gospel. So St. Paul made it to the Jews (Acts 28:20), "For the hope of Israel am I bound in this chain." (Comp. Ephesians 6:20, "I am an ambassador in bonds.")

In all the palace, and in all other places.--The word "palace" is prtorium. It is elsewhere used in the New Testament: first, of the palace of Pilate; in Matthew 27:27, Mark 15:16, apparently, of the soldiers' guardroom, or barrack; in John 18:28; John 18:33; John 19:9, of "the hall of judgment;" and next in Acts 23:35, of the "judgment hall of Herod," evidently forming a part of the palace of Felix. (It may be noted that coincidence with this last passage is the chief, and almost the sole, argument for the untenable idea that this Epistle belongs to the Csarean and not the Roman captivity.) Its sense here has been disputed. It has been variously interpreted as the emperor's palace, or the praetorian barrack attached to it, or the prtorian camp outside the walls. Its original meaning of "the head-quarters of a general" would lend itself well enough to any of these, as a derivative sense. The first or the second sense (which is virtually the same) is the interpretation of all ancient commentators, and suits best with the mention of "Caesar's household" in Philippians 4:22, but not very well with the historical statement in Acts 28:16-30, that St. Paul dwelt "in his own hired house," "with a soldier that kept him." The other sense suits better with this last statement, and also with the delivery of the prisoner "to the captain of the guard," i.e., literally, the commander of the camp, or prtorian prefect, and perhaps with abstract probability in the case of an obscure Jewish prisoner. But the difficulty is that, although the word might be applied to any of these places, yet, as a matter of fact, it is not found to be so applied. Moreover, we notice here that the words "in all other places" are an inaccurate rendering of a phrase really meaning "to all the rest" (see marginal reading). The connection therefore seems even in itself to suggest that the "prtorium" may more properly refer to a body of men than to a place. Accordingly (following Dr. Lightfoot), since the word "prtorium" is undoubtedly used for the "prtorian guard," it seems best to take that sense here. "My bonds" (says the Apostle) "are known in all the prtorian regiments"--for the soldiers, no doubt, guarded him by turns--"and to all the rest of the world, whether of soldiers or of citizens." This would leave it an open question where St. Paul was imprisoned, only telling us that it was under praetorian surveillance;

Verse 13. - So that my bonds in Christ are manifest; rather, as R.V., so that my bonds became manifest in Christ. At first he seemed like ether prisoners; afterwards it became known that he suffered bonds, not for any crime, but in Christ, i.e. in fellowship with Christ and in consequence of the relation in which he stood to Christ. In all the palace; rather, as R.V., throughout the whole Praetorian Guard; literally, in the whole praetorium, The word elsewhere means a governor's house: Pilate's house in the Gospels, Herod's palace in Acts 23:35. But at Rome the name so used would give unnecessary offense, and there is no proof that it was ever used for the palatium there. St. Paul must have heard it constantly as the name of the Praetorian regiment; he was kept chained to a soldier of that corps (Acts 28:16); and as his guard was continually relieved, his name and sufferings for Christ would become gradually known throughout the force. Others, on the authority of a passage in Dion Cassius, understand the word of the barracks of that part of the Praetorian guard attached to the imperial residence on the Palatine. But the passage relates to the time of Augustus, before the Praetorian cohorts were established by Tiberius in the camp outside of the Colline Gate. And in all other places; rather, as R.V. and to all the rest; generally, that is, throughout the city. So that my bonds in Christ,.... What he had more darkly hinted before, he more clearly expresses here; the things that happened to him were his bonds; he was now a prisoner at Rome and in chains; though he had the liberty of dwelling alone in his own hired house, and of his friends coming to see him and hear him, yet he was bound with a chain, and under the care and guard of a soldier continually, who held one end of it. These bonds of his were not for debt, which he took care not to run into, but chose rather to work with his own hands, and so ministering to his own and the necessities of others, that he might not eat any man's bread for nought; nor for any capital crime, as murder, or theft, or anything that was worthy of death or of bonds; but his bonds were in Christ, or for Christ's sake, for professing Christ and preaching his Gospel; he was a prisoner in the Lord, or for his sake; see Ephesians 4:1. The use of his sufferings, which is more generally signified in Philippians 1:12, is here and in Philippians 1:14 more particularly related, and the several instances of it given, these his bonds for the sake of Christ, he says,

are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places, or "my bonds are manifest in Christ", as the words may be read; that is, by the means of Christ, he causing them to be taken notice of by men, and some of the first rank: by his bonds being manifest may be meant he himself who was bound; who by his bonds became known to persons, to whom in all probability he would otherwise have remained unknown; as to Felix, and Festus, and King Agrippa, and others in Caesar's court: or the Gospel for the sake of which he was bound; this was made manifest and became known, not barely notionally, but savingly and experimentally; and even Christ himself the substance of it, for whom he was laid in bonds, by this means came to be known, "in all the palace". The Arabic version reads it, "in the palace of the emperor". The word "praetorium", here used, signifies sometimes the judgment hall, or court of judicature belonging to the Roman governors, as Herod and Pilate; see Acts 23:35; and if it designs any such court at Rome, then the sense is, that through the apostle's being sent a prisoner to Rome, and his cause heard in the praetorium, or judgment hall, he and the cause of his bonds came to be known by the judges in that court; and which might be the means of the conversion of some of them: sometimes it signifies the general's pavilion in the camp, and sometimes the emperor's palace at Rome, he being the chief "praetor", or magistrate; and so here it seems to design Nero's house or court, where the Gospel, through the apostle's bonds, had made its way to the conversion of many there; see Philippians 4:22; and in all other places; or as the Arabic version renders it, "with all other men"; for it may be understood either of men or places; and that Christ and his Gospel came to be known through the apostle's sufferings, not only in the court of judicature where his cause was tried, or in Caesar's palace, and to many of his courtiers, but in other places in Rome, and parts of the empire, and to many persons there, both Jews and Gentiles; so that what was intended for the disadvantage of the Gospel, proved for the service of it. 13. my bonds in Christ—rather as Greek, "So that my bonds have become manifest in Christ," that is, known, as endured in Christ's cause.

palace—literally, "Prætorium," that is, the barrack of the Prætorian guards attached to the palace of Nero, on the Palatine hill at Rome; not the general Prætorian camp outside of the city; for this was not connected with "Cæsar's household," which Php 4:22 shows the Prætorium here meant was. The emperor was "Prætor," or Commander-in-Chief; naturally then the barrack of his bodyguard was called the Prætorium. Paul seems now not to have been at large in his own hired house, though chained to a soldier, as in Ac 28:16, 20, 30, 31, but in strict custody in the Prætorium; a change which probably took place on Tigellinus becoming Prætorian Prefect. See [2379]Introduction.

in all other places—so Chrysostom. Or else, "TO all the rest," that is, "manifest to all the other" Prætorian soldiers stationed elsewhere, through the instrumentality of the Prætorian household guards who might for the time be attached to the emperor's palace, and who relieved one another in succession. Paul had been now upwards of two years a prisoner, so that there was time for his cause and the Gospel having become widely known at Rome.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.
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