according to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing shall I be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always so now also, Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet what I shall choose, I know not.
For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better;
nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy in faith,
that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
Only let your manner of living be as becometh the Gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else am absent, I may hear of your affairs that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel,
and terrified in nothing by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
For unto you it is given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.