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Philippians 1:14

    Philippians 1:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And many of the brothers in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and that most of the brethren in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And most of the brothers in the Lord, taking heart because of my chains, are all the stronger to give the word of God without fear.

    Webster's Revision

    and that most of the brethren in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

    World English Bible

    and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and that most of the brethren in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

    Definitions for Philippians 1:14

    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 1:14

    Waxing confident - Finding the effect produced by the public defense which the apostle made, they were greatly encouraged, and the more boldly and openly proclaimed the doctrine of Christ crucified.

    The word - The doctrine of Christ; several excellent MSS. and versions add, some Θεου, others Κυριου, the word of God, or the word of the Lord. This is a respectable reading, and is probably genuine.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 1:14

    And many of the brethren - Many Christians. It is evident from this, that there were already "many" in Rome who professed Christianity.

    In the Lord - In the Lord Jesus; that is, united to him and to each other by a professed attachment to him. This is a common phrase to, designate Christians.

    Waxing confident by my bonds - Becoming increasingly bold and zealous in consequence of my being confined. This might have been either:

    (1) that from the very fact that so distinguished a champion of the truth had been imprisoned, they were excited to do all they could in the cause of the gospel. Or,

    (2) they were aroused by the fact that the cause of his imprisonment had become generally understood, and that there was a strong current of popular favor setting toward Christianity in consequence of it. Or,

    (3) they had had contact with Paul in his own "hired house," and had been incited and encouraged by him to put forth great efforts in the cause. Or,

    (4) it would seem that some had been emboldened to promulgate their views, and set themselves up as preachers, who would have been restrained if Paul had been at liberty.

    They were disposed to form parties, and to secure followers, and rejoiced in an opportunity to increase their own popularity, and were not unwilling thus to diminish the popularity and lessen the influence of so great a man as Paul. Had he been at liberty, they would have had no prospect of success; see Philippians 1:16. To this may be added a suggestion by Theodoret. "Many of the brethren have increased boldness - θάρσος tharsos - on account of my bonds. For seeing me bear such hard things with pleasure, they announce that the gospel (which sustains me) is divine." The same sentiment occurs in Oecumen, and Theophylact; see Bloomfield. In Paul himself they had an illustration of the power of religion, and being convinced of its truth, they went and proclaimed it abroad.

    To speak the word without fear - That is, they see that I remain safely (compare Acts 28:30), and that there is no danger of persecution, and, stimulated by my sufferings and patience, they go and make the gospel known.

    Wesley's Notes on Philippians 1:14

    1:14 And many - Who were before afraid. Trusting in the Lord through my bonds - When they observed my constancy, and safety not withstanding, are more bold.