New Living Translation
And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.
King James Bible
Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
Darby Bible Translation
in which I suffer even unto bonds as an evil-doer: but the word of God is not bound.
World English Bible
in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God's word isn't chained.
Young's Literal Translation
in which I suffer evil -- unto bonds, as an evil-doer, but the word of God hath not been bound;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:9 Is not bound - Not hindered in its course.
LibraryIntroductory Note to the Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
[a.d. 130.] The anonymous author of this Epistle gives himself the title (Mathetes) "a disciple  of the Apostles," and I venture to adopt it as his name. It is about all we know of him, and it serves a useful end. I place his letter here, as a sequel to the Clementine Epistle, for several reasons, which I think scholars will approve: (1) It is full of the Pauline spirit, and exhales the same pure and primitive fragrance which is characteristic of Clement. (2) No theory as to its date very much …
Mathetes—The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
Epistle xxxv. To Leontius, Ex-Consul.
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
The vine and the Branches
Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him.
Then the commander arrested him and ordered him bound with two chains. He asked the crowd who he was and what he had done.
boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.
So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.
For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ.
And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God's message without fear.
Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me.
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