Philippians 1:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 1:19, NIV: for I know that through your prayers and God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

Philippians 1:19, ESV: for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,

Philippians 1:19, KJV: For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Philippians 1:19, NASB: for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Philippians 1:19, NLT: For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.

Philippians 1:19, CSB: because I know this will lead to my salvation through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

What does Philippians 1:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is confident of his future release from Rome. Prisoners in Rome could be held only for so long, without formal charges, before being released. It's possible that Paul's antagonists had nothing solid against him and were content to interfere by having him placed under house arrest. We are not told what specific legal or social reasons Paul might have had for this conclusion. However, we are given reasons for his confidence. These include the prayers of the Philippian believers and the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Prayer and God were the power behind his expectation of future release.

Was Paul released? It is clear he was, though it is not directly mentioned in the New Testament. The book of Acts seems to have been completed shortly after his release since it mentions "two full years" as the duration of his house arrest (Acts 28:30–31). This is approximately the maximum time a Roman could be jailed without being formally charged by his accusers. The Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus) were all written after his release, sometime between AD 62 and 67.