Wherefore I take pleasure (dio eudokw). For this noble word see on "Mt 3:17"; see also "2Co 5:8". The enemies of Paul will have a hard time now in making Paul unhappy by persecutions even unto death ( Philippians 1:20-26 ). He is not courting martyrdom, but he does not fear it or anything that is "for Christ's sake" (uper Cristou). For when (otan gar). "For whenever," indefinite time. Then I am strong (tote dunato eimi). At that very time, but not in myself, but in the fresh access of power from Christ for the emergency.