For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives,1 so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation;2 if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,3 so also you share in our comfort.
We do not want you to be uninformed,4 brothers, about the hardships we suffered5 in the province of Asia.6 We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.
Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God,7 who raises the dead.810
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,9 and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope10 that he will continue to deliver us,
as you help us by your prayers.11 Then many will give thanks12 on oura behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Now this is our boast: Our conscience13 testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness14 and sincerity15 that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom16 but according to God's grace.
For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that,
as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.1715
Because I was confident of this, I planned to visit you18 first so that you might benefit twice.19