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Philippians 1:14

ESV And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
NIV And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
NASB and that most of the brothers and sisters, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
CSB Most of the brothers have gained confidence in the Lord from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the word fearlessly.
NLT And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.
KJV And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

What does Philippians 1:14 mean?

Unbelievers in Rome had heard about Paul's message (Philippians 1:13). In fact, they had come to understand clearly that Paul's imprisonment was entirely for the sake of the gospel. Paul was obviously not a thug or criminal. Not only had Paul been given a chance to witness to unbelievers, but other Christians had gained confidence by seeing how Paul responded to his circumstances. Paul's captivity motivated Christians to share the gospel more boldly. If Paul could go to jail for his faith, other believers could take a bold, risky stand for their faith in Jesus as well.

Even from the earliest days of Christianity, some have struggled with fear in sharing their faith. All believers are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:18–20). Certain occasions will give people more boldness to speak out. However, there are those who will be fearful for a variety of reasons. We must all work to better share our faith, acknowledging that some will be bolder or more gifted in evangelism than others.
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