Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God,1 who raises the dead.210
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,3 and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope4 that he will continue to deliver us,
as you help us by your prayers.5 Then many will give thanks6 on oura behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Now this is our boast: Our conscience7 testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness8 and sincerity9 that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom10 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.1115
Because I was confident of this, I planned to visit you12 first so that you might benefit twice.1316
I planned to visit you on my way14 to Macedonia15 and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way16 to Judea.1717
When I planned this, did I do it lightly? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner18 so that in the same breath I say, "Yes, yes" and "No, no"?
But as surely as God is faithful,19 our message to you is not "Yes" and "No."
For the Son of God,20 Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silasb21 and Timothy,22 was not "Yes" and "No," but in him it has always23 been "Yes."