I am torn between the two: I desire to depart1 and be with Christ,2 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 worthy3 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 firm4 in one spirit, contending5 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 you6 on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer7 for him,
since you are going through the same struggle8 you saw9 I had, and now hear10 that I still have.