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Colossians 4:3

    Colossians 4:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    withal praying for us also, that God may open unto us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And making prayer for us, that God may give us an open door for the preaching of the word, the secret of Christ, for which I am now in chains;

    Webster's Revision

    withal praying for us also, that God may open unto us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds;

    World English Bible

    praying together for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    withal praying for us also, that God may open unto us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds;

    Definitions for Colossians 4:3

    Withal - At the same time; together with.
    Withal - With.

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 4:3

    Praying also for us - Let the success and spread of the Gospel be ever dear to you; and neglect not to pray fervently to God that it may have free course, run, and be glorified.

    A door of utterance - Θυραν του λογου· The word θυρα, which commonly signifies a door, or such like entrance into a house or passage through a wall, is often used metaphorically for an entrance to any business, occasion or opportunity to commence or perform any particular work. So in Acts 14:27 : The Door of faith is opened to the Gentiles; i.e. there is now an opportunity of preaching the Gospel to the nations of the earth. 1 Corinthians 16:9 : A great and effectual Door is opened unto me; i.e. I have now a glorious opportunity of preaching the truth to the people of Ephesus. 2 Corinthians 2:12 : When I came to Troas - a Door was opened unto me; I had a fine opportunity of preaching Christ crucified at that place. So, here, the θυρατου λογου, which we translate door of utterance, signifies an occasion, opportunity, or entrance, for the doctrine of the Gospel. The same metaphor is used by the best Latin writers. Cicero, xiii. Ephesians 10:Amiciliae fores aperiuntur; the Doors of friendship are opened - there is now an opportunity of reconciliation. And Ovid, Amor. lib. iii., Eleg. xii. ver. 12: -

    Janua per nostras est adaperta manus.

    "The gate is opened by our hands."

    Of this use of the word among the Greek writers Schleusner gives several examples. See also Revelation 3:8, where the word is used in the same sense. To multiply examples would be needless; the apostle excites them to pray, not that a door of utterance, i.e. a readiness and fluency of speech, may be given to him and his fellow laborers, but that they may have an opportunity of preaching the doctrine of Christ; and so the term λογος is to be understood here, as well as in many other places of the New Testament, in most of which we have either lost or obscured its meaning by translating it word instead of doctrine.

    The mystery of Christ - The Gospel, which had been hidden from all former times, and which revealed that purpose long hidden in the Divine councils, that the Gentiles should be called to enjoy the same privileges with the Jews.

    For which I am also in bonds - He was suffering under Jewish malice, and for preaching this very mystery; for they could not bear to hear announced, as from heaven, that the Gentiles, whom they considered eternally shut out from any participation of the Divine favor, should be made fellow heirs with them of the grace of life; much less could they bear to hear that they were about to be reprobated, and the Gentiles elected in their place. It was for asserting these things that they persecuted Paul at Jerusalem, so that to save his life he was obliged to appeal to Caesar; and being taken to Rome, he was detained a prisoner till his case was fully heard; and he was a prisoner at Rome on this very account when he wrote this Epistle to the Colossians. See the note on Colossians 1:24.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 4:3

    Withal - With all the supplications which you offer for other persons and things; or at the same time that you pray for them.

    Praying also for us - Notes, Ephesians 6:19-20; compare 2 Corinthians 1:11; Philippians 1:19; Hebrews 13:18-19.

    That God would open to us a door of utterance - To preach the gospel. He earnestly desired to have liberty to preach the gospel, and asked them to pray that this might be restored to him; see the notes at Ephesians 6:19.

    To speak the mystery of Christ - Called in Ephesians 6:19, the "mystery of the gospel;" see the notes there.

    For which I also am in bonds - A prisoner at Rome; Notes, Ephesians 6:20.

    Wesley's Notes on Colossians 4:3

    4:3 That God would open to us a door of utterance - That is, give us utterance, that we may open our mouth boldly, Eph 6:19, and give us an opportunity of speaking, so that none may be able to hinder.