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2 Corinthians 1:1-9 (New American Standard)

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1 Paul, 1an apostle of 2Christ Jesus 3by the will of God, and 4Timothy our brother, To 5the church of God which is at 6Corinth with all the asaints who are throughout 7Achaia: 2 8Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 9Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and 10God of all comfort, 4 who 11comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in bany affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just 12as the sufferings of Christ are cours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is 13for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that 14as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. 8 For 15we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our 16affliction which came to us in d17Asia, that we were burdened excessively , beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 eindeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
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