Ephesians 6:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 6:19, NIV: Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

Ephesians 6:19, ESV: and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,

Ephesians 6:19, KJV: 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,

Ephesians 6:19, NASB: and pray in my behalf, that speech may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

Ephesians 6:19, NLT: And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God's mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.

Ephesians 6:19, CSB: Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.

What does Ephesians 6:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In addition to the areas of prayer mentioned in verse 18, Paul adds a request for personal prayer. As Paul prepares to end his letter, he takes time to request prayer for his life and work in Rome. The first area of prayer he mentions is for boldness. His goal was not personal comfort, but effective ability to evangelize those around him.

Notice also that his prayer to share the gospel included a request for the right words to share. We are to share our faith through our actions, yet are also called to share our faith with our words. It has become common to hear the saying, "Share the gospel always, and when necessary use words." With respect to all, this is somewhat like saying, "feed the hungry always, and when necessary use food." Paul shows the importance of actions and words working together. Bold sharing of faith includes the effective use of speaking to communicate the good news of Christ. Without the truths of the words, there is no gospel.