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 prayers1 and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ,2 what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.a320
I eagerly expect4 and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage5 so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,6 whether by life or by death.721
For to me, to live is Christ8 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 depart9 and be with Christ,10 which is better by far;
but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy11 of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm12 in one spirit, contending13 as one man for the faith of the gospel
without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved--and that by God.