Because of my chains,1 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.215
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.317
The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition,4 not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.a518
But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
for I know that through your prayers6 and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ,7 what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.b820
I eagerly expect9 and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage10 so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,11 whether by life or by death.1221
For to me, to live is Christ13 and to die is gain.
If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart14 and be with Christ,15 which is better by far;
but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.