7aFor 1it is onlyright for me to feelthiswayabout you all, because I 2have you in my heart, since both in my b3imprisonment and in the 4defense and confirmation of the 5gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
For 6God is my witness, how I long for you all with the caffection of 7ChristJesus.
And this I pray, that 8your love may aboundstillmore and more in 9realknowledge and alldiscernment,
10so that you may d10approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blamelesseuntil11the day of Christ;
having been filled with the 12fruit of righteousness which comes throughJesusChrist, to the glory and praise of God.
12Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances13have turned out for the greaterprogress of the 14gospel,
13so that my f15imprisonment in the cause of Christ has becomewellknownthroughout the wholegpraetorianguard and to 16everyoneelse,
and that most of the hbrethren, trusting in the Lord because of my i17imprisonment, have18farmorecourage to speak the word of Godwithoutfear.
1519Some, to be sure, are preachingChristevenjfrom envy and strife, but somealsokfrom goodwill;
the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the 20gospel;
the formerproclaimChrist21out of selfishambitionlratherthan from puremotives, thinking to cause me distress in my m22imprisonment.