I eagerly expect1 and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage2 so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,3 whether by life or by death.421
For to me, to live is Christ5 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 depart6 and be with Christ,7 which is better by far;
but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.