1Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;
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the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the 2gospel;
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the former proclaim Christ 3out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my 4imprisonment.
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What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance 5through your prayers and the provision of 6the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
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according to my 7earnest expectation and 8hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with 9all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be 10exalted in my body, 11whether by life or by death.
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For to me, 12to live is Christ and to die is gain.
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But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean 13fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.
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But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the 14desire to depart and 15be with Christ, for that is very much better;
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yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
16Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
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