Philippians 1:14
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New International Version
And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

New Living Translation
And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God's message without fear.

English Standard Version
And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

New American Standard Bible
and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.

King James Bible
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Most of the brothers in the Lord have gained confidence from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the message fearlessly.

International Standard Version
Moreover, because of my imprisonment the Lord has caused most of the brothers to become confident to speak God's word more boldly and courageously than ever before.

NET Bible
and most of the brothers and sisters, having confidence in the Lord because of my imprisonment, now more than ever dare to speak the word fearlessly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A multitude of the brethren who are in our Lord have been confident because of my chains and have been all the more defiant without fear to speak the word of God;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So through my being in prison, the Lord has given most of our brothers and sisters confidence to speak God's word more boldly and fearlessly than ever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

King James 2000 Bible
And many of the brethren in the Lord, becoming confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

American King James Version
And many of the brothers in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

American Standard Version
and that most of the brethren in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And many of the brethren in the Lord, growing confident by my bands, are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear.

Darby Bible Translation
and that the most of the brethren, trusting in [the] Lord through my bonds, dare more abundantly to speak the word of God fearlessly.

English Revised Version
and that most of the brethren in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

Webster's Bible Translation
And many of the brethren in the Lord, becoming confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Weymouth New Testament
and the greater part of the brethren, made confident in the Lord through my imprisonment, now speak of God's Message without fear, more boldly than ever.

World English Bible
and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

Young's Literal Translation
and the greater part of the brethren in the Lord, having confidence by my bonds, are more abundantly bold -- fearlessly to speak the word.
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 14. - And many of the brethren in the Lord; rather, and that most. Most of the brethren took courage; there were exceptions. Waxing confident by my bonds. The words, "in the Lord," are perhaps better taken with being "confident." Their confidence rests upon St. Paul's bonds, but it is in the Lord. St. Paul's example gives them courage, because they know that he is suffering for the love of Christ, and is supported in his sufferings by the grace of Christ. Are much more bold to speak the word without fear; better, more abundantly, as R.V. The best manuscripts read here, "the Word of God."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And many of the brethren in the Lord,.... This is another instance of the usefulness of the apostle's sufferings, and another proof of their being for the furtherance of the Gospel; they were not only the means of the conversion of many that were without, but were very encouraging and strengthening to them that were within the church, and to many that were in the ministry; who are called "brethren", some real, others nominal; being partakers of the grace of God, at least in profession, or otherwise they would not have been fit to have been ministers of the word, nor members of a Gospel church, which was necessary to their being regularly sent forth; and whom the apostle calls and owns as brethren in the ministry, being sent forth by Christ, at least some of them, and having the same commission to preach the Gospel as he had; though they had not equal gifts and qualifications with him: he styles them brethren "in the Lord", to distinguish them from the Jews at Rome, who were his brethren according to the flesh; and to express their spiritual character and relation, and point out the work of the Lord, in which they were jointly concerned with him: now though not all the brethren, yet many of them were greatly affected with, and influenced by the apostle's patient and cheerfully suffering for Christ; insomuch that, as he says,

waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear; or as some read it, "waxing confident in the Lord"; connecting the phrase, "in the Lord", with this word, and so make the ground and object of their confidence the Lord; whose presence, power, grace, and Spirit, emboldened them the more by the apostle's bonds to preach the Gospel with courage and intrepidity; the Lord being on their side, and their helper, they feared not what men could do unto them; or else being animated by the apostle's patience and firmness of mind in suffering, and by the use they saw his bonds were of for the spread of the Gospel, they took heart and courage to "speak the word"; the word "of God", as the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions read; and so the Alexandrian, Claromontane, and two of Stephens's copies: meaning either the essential word, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was the subject of their ministry; or the written word, the writings of Moses and the prophets, the books of the Old Testament, according to which they spoke; or the Gospel, called often the word, and sometimes with an addition, the word of truth, the word of faith, the word of reconciliation, the word of righteousness, the word of life, and the word of our salvation, from the several subjects of it: this they spake boldly and freely, as it ought to be spoken, and "without fear", not without fear and reverence of God, whose word it is; nor of themselves and their own weakness and inabilities, which cause much fear and trembling; but without the fear of man, which brings a snare; they had no regard to the threats and menaces, the reproaches and persecutions of men; none of these things moved them; they feared God and not man, and so went on boldly, preaching the Gospel; which is related with pleasure, as a fruit and effect of the apostle's sufferings, and which he doubted not would be very delightful to the Philippians to hear of.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Translate as Greek, "And that (Php 1:13) most of the brethren in the Lord," &c. "In the Lord," distinguishes them from "brethren after the flesh," Jewish fellow countrymen. Ellicott translates, "Trusting in the Lord."

by my bonds—encouraged by my patience in bearing my bonds.

much more bold—Translate as Greek, "are more abundantly bold."

Philippians 1:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Trials Advance the Gospel
13so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, 14and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;…
Cross References
Acts 4:29
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

Acts 4:31
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

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

2 Corinthians 7:4
I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.

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 1:20
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

2 Timothy 2:9
for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained.
Treasury of Scripture

And many of the brothers in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

brethren.

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and …

Colossians 4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare to you, who is a beloved brother, …

waxing.

Acts 4:23-31 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all …

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father …

Ephesians 3:13 Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

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

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

without.

Luke 1:74 That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand …

Luke 12:5-7 But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after …

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