We do not want you to be uninformed,1 brothers, about the hardships we suffered2 in the province of Asia.3 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,4 who raises the dead.510
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,6 and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope7 that he will continue to deliver us,
as you help us by your prayers.8 Then many will give thanks9 on oura behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.