Ephesians 6:20
New International Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

New Living Translation
I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

English Standard Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Berean Standard Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should.

Berean Literal Bible
for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may be bold, as it behooves me to speak.

King James Bible
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

New King James Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

New American Standard Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

NASB 1995
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

NASB 1977
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Amplified Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains. And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.

Christian Standard Bible
For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to speak about it as I should.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.

American Standard Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That of which I am an Ambassador in chains, that I may speak it with boldness as it is necessary for me to speak it.

Contemporary English Version
I was sent to do this work, and this is the reason I am in jail. So pray that I will be brave and will speak as I should.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which I am an ambassador in a chain, so that therein I may be bold to speak according as I ought.

Good News Translation
For the sake of this gospel I am an ambassador, though now I am in prison. Pray that I may be bold in speaking about the gospel as I should.

International Standard Version
for whose sake I am an ambassador in chains, desiring to declare the gospel as boldly as I should.

Literal Standard Version
for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may speak freely—as it is necessary for me to speak.

New American Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must.

NET Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.

New Revised Standard Version
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

New Heart English Bible
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Weymouth New Testament
to spread which I am an ambassador in chains--so that when telling them I may speak out boldly as I ought.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Armor of God
19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should. 21Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know about me and what I am doing.…

Cross References
Jeremiah 40:1
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan captain of the guard had released him at Ramah, having found him bound in chains among all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon.

Acts 21:33
The commander came up and arrested Paul, ordering that he be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.

Acts 28:20
So for this reason I have called to see you and speak 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
Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God.

Ephesians 3:1
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles...

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me.


Treasury of Scripture

For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

I am.

Proverbs 13:17
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Isaiah 33:7
Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

2 Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

bonds.

Ephesians 3:1
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Ephesians 4:1
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 Samuel 10:2-6
Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon…

therein.

Ephesians 6:19
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Isaiah 58:1
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Jeremiah 1:7,8,17
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak…











(20) In bonds.--Rightly, as in the margin, in a chain. The word is the same which is used in Acts 28:20, "For the hope of Israel I am bound in this chain." It occurs also in Mark 5:4, Luke 8:29, where it is distinguished from a "fetter" properly so called, as binding the feet, and therefore obviously signifies a "manacle" binding the hand. Both are included (see Luke 8:29) in the general word "bonds." The allusion is undoubtedly to the custom of chaining the prisoner by the hand to the soldier who kept him. Thus in Acts 12:6 we read that Peter "was sleeping between two soldiers," and therefore "bound with two manacles;" and in Acts 21:33 that a similar precaution was used on the first apprehension of St. Paul. Here the singular number is probably to be understood literally. St. Paul was free except for the one chain, which the soldier was responsible for holding, and perhaps did not always think it needful to hold. That chain he seems to speak of as the badge of his ambassadorial dignity. To ambassadors, indeed, it belongs to be safe from imprisonment; but it was his greater glory to wear the chain for Christ. . . . Verse 20. - For which I am an ambassador in chains. Thereby not only physically helpless, but in danger of being subdued into tameness, the ordinary effect of captivity, and thus reduced to a spirit not befitting the bearer of a great message from the King of kings. That in it - i.e., in the matter of it, of the gospel - I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
for
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

which
οὗ (hou)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

I am an ambassador
πρεσβεύω (presbeuō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 4243: To be aged, act as an ambassador. From the base of presbuteros; to be a senior, i.e. act as a representative.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

chains.
ἁλύσει (halysei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 254: A (light) chain, bond. Of uncertain derivation; a fetter or manacle.

[Pray] that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

I may proclaim it fearlessly,
παρρησιάσωμαι (parrēsiasōmai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 3955: To speak freely, boldly; To be confident.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

I
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

should.
δεῖ (dei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1163: Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.


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