Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues.
And being certain of this, I am conscious that I will go on, yes, and go on with you all, for your growth and joy in the faith;
Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith,
And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
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1 tn Grk “for your progress.”
2 sn Paul’s confidence in his release from prison (I know that I will remain and continue with all of you) implies that this Roman imprisonment did not end in his death. Hence, there is the likelihood that he experienced a second Roman imprisonment later on (since the belief of the early church was that Paul died under Nero in Rome). If so, then the pastoral letters (1-2 Tim, Titus) could well fit into a life of Paul that goes beyond any descriptions in the book of Acts (which ends with Paul’s first Roman imprisonment). Some have argued that the pastorals cannot be genuine because they cannot fit into the history of Acts. But this view presupposes that Paul’s first Roman imprisonment was also his last.