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Ephesians 6:19

    Ephesians 6:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And for me, that words may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make clear without fear the secret of the good news,

    Webster's Revision

    And on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

    World English Bible

    on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

    Definitions for Ephesians 6:19

    Gospel - Good news.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 6:19

    And for me, that utterance may be given unto me - Ἱνα μοι δοθειη λογος. Kypke has proved by many examples that λογον διδοναι signifies permission and power to defend one's self in a court of justice; and this sense of the phrase is perfectly applicable to the case of St. Paul, who was an ambassador in bonds, (Ephesians 6:20), and expected to be called to a public hearing, in which he was not only to defend himself, but to prove the truth and excellency of the Christian religion. And we learn, from Philippians 1:12-14, that he had his desire in this respect; for the things which happened to him fell out to the furtherance of the Gospel, so that his bonds in Christ were manifest in all the palace, and in all other places. Thus God had enabled him to make a most noble defense, by which the Gospel acquired great credit.

    The mystery of the Gospel - The whole doctrine of Christ, not fully revealed previously to that time.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 6:19

    And for me - Paul was then a prisoner at Rome. He specially needed the prayers of Christians:

    (1) that he might be sustained in his afflictions; and,

    (2) that he might be able to manifest the spirit which he ought, and to do good as he had opportunity. Learn hence that we should pray for the prisoner, the captive, the man in chains, the slave. There are in this land (the United States) about ten thousand prisoners - husbands, fathers, sons, brothers; or wives, mothers, daughters. True, they are the children of "crime," but they are also the children of sorrow; and in either case or both they need our prayers. There are in this land not far from three million of slaves - and they need our prayers. They are children of misfortune and of many wrongs; they are sunk in ignorance and want and we; they are subjected to trials, and exposed to temptations to the lowest vices. But many of them, we trust, love the Redeemer; and whether they do or do not, they need an interest in the prayers of Christians.

    That utterance may be given unto me - Paul, though a prisoner, was permitted to preach the gospel; see the notes, Acts 28:30-31.

    That I may open my mouth boldly - He was in Rome. He was almost alone. He was surrounded by multitudes of the wicked. He was exposed to death. Yet he desired to speak boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and to invite sinners to repentance. A Christians in chains, and surrounded by the wicked, may speak boldly, and "may" have hope of success - for Paul was not an unsuccessful preacher even when a captive at Rome; see the notes on Philippians 4:22.

    The mystery of the gospel - notes, Ephesians 1:9.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 6:19

    6:19 By the opening my mouth - Removing every inward and every outward hinderance.