“But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:22 Here he begins to treat of the former clause of the preceding verse. Of the latter he treats, #Php 2:17|. But if I am to live is the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour - This is the fruit of my living longer, that I can labour more. Glorious labour! desirable fruit! in this view, long life is indeed a blessing. And what I should choose I know not - That is, if it were left to my choice.
Php 1:22 But if I live in the flesh. In the body, i.e., on earth. This [is] the fruit of my labour. In this state the fruit of his labor is Christ. See Php 1:21. Yet what I shall choose I wot not. He can hardly tell whether he would choose the gain of death, or to continue to live in order that he may work for Christ.