For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself.
Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead;
he delivered us from so deadly a peril, and he will deliver us; on him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us in answer to many prayers.
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