In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray1 with joy
because of your partnership2 in the gospel from the first day3 until now,
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion4 until the day of Christ Jesus.57
It is right6 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;7 for whether I am in chains8 or defending9 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
God can testify10 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love11 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,1210
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,1311
filled with the fruit of righteousness14 that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guarda and to everyone else that I am in chains15 for Christ.
Because of my chains,16 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.17