New International Version
because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
King James Bible
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
Darby Bible Translation
For a great door is opened to me and an effectual [one], and [the] adversaries many.
World English Bible
for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
Young's Literal Translation
for a door to me hath been opened -- great and effectual -- and withstanders are many.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A great door and effectual is opened - Θυοα γαρ μοι ανεωγε μεγαλη και ενεργης· A great and energetic door is opened to me; that is, God has made a grand opening to me in those parts, which I perceive will require much labor; and besides, I shall have many adversaries to oppose me. So Bp. Pearce understands the words ενεργης, not as signifying effectual, but as implying full of labor. Door often signifies occasion or opportunity; but here, the apostle may allude to the throwing open of the great doors of the Circus Maximus before the chariot races began; and the many adversaries may refer to the numerous competitors in those races.
God gave him a grand opportunity to preach the Gospel; but he was not to expect that either Satan or wicked men would leave him unmolested.
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On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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