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.
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 worthy8 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 firm9 in one spirit, contending10 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.
For it has been granted to you11 on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer12 for him,
since you are going through the same struggle13 you saw14 I had, and now hear15 that I still have.