I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really 1served to advance the gospel,
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so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and 2to all the rest that 3my imprisonment is for Christ.
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And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold 4to speak the word without fear.
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5Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
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The latter do it out of love, 6knowing that I am put here for 7the defense of the gospel.
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The former proclaim Christ 8out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
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What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
for I know that 9through your prayers and 10the help of 11the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
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as it is my eager expectation and hope 12that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full 13courage now as always Christ 14will be honored in my body, 15whether by life or by death.
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For to me 16to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
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If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
17I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is 18to depart and 19be with Christ, for that is far better.
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But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
20Convinced of this, 21I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your 22progress and 23joy in the faith,
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so that in me 24you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
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Only 25let your manner of life be 26worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you 27that you are standing firm in one spirit, with 28one mind 29striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
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and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is 30a clear sign to them of their destruction, but 31of your salvation, and that from God.
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For 32it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also 33suffer for his sake,
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engaged in the same 34conflict that 35you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
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