For to me, to live is Christ1 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 depart2 and be with Christ,3 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 worthy4 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 firm5 in one spirit, contending6 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 you7 on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer8 for him,
since you are going through the same struggle9 you saw10 I had, and now hear11 that I still have.