Philippians 1:23
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New International Version
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

New Living Translation
I'm torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.

English Standard Version
I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

Berean Study Bible
I am torn between the two. I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better indeed.

Berean Literal Bible
But I am pressed between the two, having the desire to depart and to be with Christ, indeed very much better,

New American Standard Bible
But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

King James Bible
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ--which is far better--

International Standard Version
Indeed, I cannot decide between the two. I have the desire to leave this life and be with the Messiah, for that is far better.

NET Bible
I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For two things are pressing upon me: I desire to depart that I might be with The Messiah, and this would be much better for me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I find it hard to choose between the two. I would like to leave this life and be with Christ. That's by far the better choice.

New American Standard 1977
But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better:

King James 2000 Bible
For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

American King James Version
For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

American Standard Version
But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I am straitened between two: having a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ, a thing by far the better.

Darby Bible Translation
But I am pressed by both, having the desire for departure and being with Christ, [for] [it is] very much better,

English Revised Version
But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:

Webster's Bible Translation
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Weymouth New Testament
I am in a dilemma, my earnest desire being to depart and be with Christ, for that is far, far better.

World English Bible
But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

Young's Literal Translation
for I am pressed by the two, having the desire to depart, and to be with Christ, for it is far better,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:21-26 Death is a great loss to a carnal, worldly man, for he loses all his earthly comforts and all his hopes; but to a true believer it is gain, for it is the end of all his weakness and misery. It delivers him from all the evils of life, and brings him to possess the chief good. The apostle's difficulty was not between living in this world and living in heaven; between these two there is no comparison; but between serving Christ in this world and enjoying him in another. Not between two evil things, but between two good things; living to Christ and being with him. See the power of faith and of Divine grace; it can make us willing to die. In this world we are compassed with sin; but when with Christ, we shall escape sin and temptation, sorrow and death, for ever. But those who have most reason to desire to depart, should be willing to remain in the world as long as God has any work for them to do. And the more unexpected mercies are before they come, the more of God will be seen in them.
Study Bible
To Live is Christ
22But if I go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. So what shall I choose? I do not know. 23I am torn between the two. I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better indeed. 24But it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.…
Cross References
John 12:26
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:24
But it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

2 Timothy 4:6
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
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2 Corinthians 6:12 You are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.

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2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the …

2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

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