New International Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
King James Bible
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Darby Bible Translation
for which I am an ambassador [bound] with a chain, that I may be bold in it as I ought to speak.
World English Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Young's Literal Translation
for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may speak freely -- as it behoveth me to speak.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
An ambassador in bonds - An ambassador being the representative of his king, his person was in all civilized countries held sacred. Contrary to the rights of nations, this ambassador of the King of heaven was put in chains! He had however the opportunity of defending himself, and of vindicating the honor of his Master. See above.
As I ought to speak - As becomes the dignity and the importance of the subject.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
bonds. or, a chain. See on ch.
therein. or, thereof. boldly. See on ver.
LibraryFebruary 6. "Praying Always for all Saints" (Eph. vi. 18).
"Praying always for all saints" (Eph. vi. 18). One good counsel will suffice just now. Stop praying so much for yourself; begin to ask unselfish things, and see if God won't give you faith. See how much easier it will be to believe for another than for your own petty self. Try the effect of praying for the world, for definite things, for difficult things, for glorious things, for things that will honor Christ and save mankind, and after you have received a few wonderful answers to prayer in this …
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The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon.
The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.
For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain."
2 Corinthians 3:12
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
2 Corinthians 5:20
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
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.
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