But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean 1fruitful 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 2desire to depart and 3be 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.
4Convinced 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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so that your 5proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
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Only conduct yourselves in a manner 6worthy of the 7gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are 8standing firm in 9one spirit, with one mind 10striving together for the faith of the gospel;
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in no way alarmed by your opponents -which is a 11sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.
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For to you 12it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to 13suffer for His sake,
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experiencing the same 14conflict which 15you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
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