It is right1 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;2 for whether I am in chains3 or defending4 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
God can testify5 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love6 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,710
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,811
filled with the fruit of righteousness9 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 chains10 for Christ.
Because of my chains,11 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.1215
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.1317
The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition,14 not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.b15