Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.
He comforts us in all our affliction,a so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so our comfort overflows through Christ.
If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in the endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer.
And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort.
For we don't want you to be unaware, brothers, of our affliction that took place in the province of Asia: we were completely overwhelmed-beyond our strength-so that we even despaired of life.
However, we personally had a death sentence within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.
He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and He will deliver us; we have placed our hope in Him that He will deliver us again.
And you can join in helping with prayer for us, so that thanks may be given by manyb on ourc behalf for the gift that came to us through [the prayers of] many.