Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances 1have turned out for the greater progress of the 2gospel,
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so that my 3imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to 4everyone else,
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and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my 5imprisonment, have 6far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
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7Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;
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the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the 8gospel;
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the former proclaim Christ 9out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my 10imprisonment.
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What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance 11through your prayers and the provision of 12the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
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according to my 13earnest expectation and 14hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with 15all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be 16exalted in my body, 17whether by life or by death.
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