while the former announce the Messiah out of selfish ambition, with impure motives, supposing they can stir up trouble for me in prison.
But so what? All that matters is that in every way, whether honestly or in pretense, the Messiah is being proclaimed; and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
for I know that this will work out for my deliverance, because of your prayers and the support I get from the Spirit of Yeshua the Messiah.
It all accords with my earnest expectation and hope that I will have nothing to be ashamed of; but rather, now, as always, the Messiah will be honored by my body, whether it is alive or dead.
For to me, life is the Messiah, and death is gain.
But if by living on in the body I can do fruitful work, then I don't know which to choose.
I am caught in a dilemma: my desire is to go off and be with the Messiah - that is better by far -
but because of you, the greater need is to stay on in the body.
Yes, I am convinced of this; so I know I will stay on with you in order to help you progress in the faith and have joy in it.
Then, through my being with you again, you will have even greater reason for boasting about the Messiah Yeshua.
Only conduct your lives in a way worthy of the Good News of the Messiah; so that whether I come and see you or I hear about you from a distance, you stand firm, united in spirit, fighting with one accord for the faith of the Good News,