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Ephesians 6:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in [proclaiming] it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For which I am an embassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— for which I am an ambassador [bound] with a chain, that I may be bold in it as I ought to speak.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In behalf of which I am conducting an embassy in chains, that, therein, I may use freedom of utterance as it is needful for me to speak.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may speak freely—as it behoveth me to speak.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For which I am an ambassador in a chain: so that therein I may be bold to speak according as I ought.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For which I am an ambassador in bonds, that therein I may speake boldly, as I ought to speake.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may speak with freedom, as it behoveth me to speak it.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— of which I am a messenger in chains; that I may utter it boldly, as I ought to utter it.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 5228
{5228} Prime
ὑπέρ
huper
{hoop-er'}
A primary preposition; 'over', that is, (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than. In compounds it retains many of the listed applications.
which 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
I am an ambassador 4243
{4243} Prime
πρεσβεύω
presbeuo
{pres-byoo'-o}
From the base of G4245; to be a senior, that is, (by implication) act as a representative (figuratively preacher).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
bonds: 254
{0254} Prime
ἅλυσις
halusis
{hal'-oo-sis}
Of uncertain derivation; a fetter or manacle.
that 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
therein 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
I may speak boldly, 3955
{3955} Prime
παρρησιάζομαι
parrhesiazomai
{par-hray-see-ad'-zom-ahee}
Middle voice from G3954; to be frank in utterance, or confident in spirit and demeanor.
z5667
<5667> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 55
as 5613
{5613} Prime
ὡς
hos
{hoce}
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
I 3165
{3165} Prime
μέ
me
{meh}
A shorter (and probably original) form of G1691; me.
ought 1163
{1163} Prime
δεῖ
dei
{die}
Third person singular active present of G1210; also δεόν [[deon]], {deh-on'}; which is neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding).
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
to speak. 2980
{2980} Prime
λαλέω
laleo
{lal-eh'-o}
A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words.
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ephesians 6:20

_ _ ForGreek, as in Ephesians 6:19, “On behalf of which.”

_ _ an ambassador in bonds — a paradox. Ambassadors were held inviolable by the law of nations, and could not, without outrage to every sacred right, be put in chains. Yet Christ’s “ambassador is in a chain!” The Greek is singular. The Romans used to bind a prisoner to a soldier by a single chain, in a kind of free custody. So Acts 28:16, Acts 28:20, “I am bound with this chain.” The term, “bonds” (plural), on the other hand, is used when the prisoner’s hands or feet were bound together (Acts 26:29); compare Acts 12:6, where the plural marks the distinction. The singular is only used of the particular kind of custody described above; an undesigned coincidence [Paley].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ephesians 6:19-24.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ephesians 6:20

An ambassador in bonds — The ambassadors of men usually appear in great pomp. How differently does the ambassador of Christ appear!

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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I am:

Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.
Isaiah 33:7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

bonds:
or, a chain,
Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 Samuel 10:2-6 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon. ... And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.
Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see [you], and to speak with [you]: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
Philippians 1:13-14 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other [places]; ... And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
2 Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even] unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
Philemon 1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

therein:
or, thereof

boldly:

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Jeremiah 1:7-8 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I [am] a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. ... Be not afraid of their faces: for I [am] with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 1:17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
Ezekiel 2:4-7 For [they are] impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. ... And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they [are] most rebellious.
Matthew 10:27-28 What I tell you in darkness, [that] speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, [that] preach ye upon the housetops. ... And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
Colossians 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death.
1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
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