New American Standard Bible
always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.
King James Bible
Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
Darby Bible Translation
always beseeching at my prayers, if any way now at least I may be prospered by the will of God to come to you.
World English Bible
requesting, if by any means now at last I may be prospered by the will of God to come to you.
Young's Literal Translation
always in my prayers beseeching, if by any means now at length I shall have a prosperous journey, by the will of God, to come unto you,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Making request - It was his earnest desire to see them, and he presented the subject before God.
If by any means - This shows the earnest desire which he had to see them, and implies that be had designed it, and had been hindered; see Romans 1:13.
Now at length - He had purposed it a long time, but had been hindered. He doubtless cherished this purpose for years. The expressions in the Greek imply an earnest wish that this long-cherished purpose might be accomplished before long.
A prosperous journey - A safe, pleasant journey. It is right to regard all success in traveling as depending on God, and to pray for success and safety from danger. Yet all such prayers are not answered according to the letter of the petition. The prayer of Paul that be might see the Romans was granted, but in a remarkable way. He was persecuted by the Jews, and arraigned before King Agrippa. He appealed to the Roman emperor, and was taken there in chains as a prisoner. Yet the journey might in this way have a more deep effect on the Romans, than if he had gone in any other way. In so mysterious a manner does God often hear the prayers of his people; and though their prayers are answered, yet it is in his own time and way; see the last chapters of the Acts .
By the will of God - If God shall grant it; if God will by his mercy grant me the great favor of my coming to you. This is a proper model of a prayer; and is in accordance with the direction of the Bible; see James 4:14-15.
LibraryThird Sunday after Easter
Text: First Peter 2, 11-20. 11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 having your behavior seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13 Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme; 14 or unto governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise …
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
The Gospel the Power of God
The Holy Spirit in the Glorified Christ.
Proposition Though the Necessity and Indispensableness of all the Great and Moral Obligations of Natural Religion,
but taking leave of them and saying, "I will return to you again if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.
but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you
I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.
1 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
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