I am torn between the two: I desire to depart1 and be with Christ,2 which is better by far;
but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
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,
so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy3 of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm4 in one spirit, contending5 as one man for the faith of the gospel