who 1comforts us in all our afflictionso that we will be able to comfortthose who are in aanyaffliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For just2as the sufferings of Christ are bours in abundance, soalso our comfort is abundantthroughChrist.
But if we are afflicted, it is 3for your comfort and salvation; orif we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patientenduring of the samesufferingswhich we alsosuffer;
and our hope for you is firmlygrounded, knowing that 4as you are sharers of our sufferings, soalso you are sharers of our comfort.
For 5we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our 6affliction which came to us in c7Asia, that we were burdenedexcessively , beyond our strength, so that we despairedeven of life;
9dindeed, we had the sentence of deathwithinourselvesso that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
10who8delivered us from sogreat a peril of death, and will deliver us, eHe 9on whom we have set our hope. And He will yetdeliver us,
you alsojoining in 10helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by 11manypersons on our behalf for the favorbestowed on us through the prayers of many.
For our fproudconfidence is this: the testimony of 12our conscience, that in holiness and 13godlysincerity, 14not in fleshlywisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especiallytoward you.
For we writenothingelse to you thanwhat you read and understand, and I hope you will understand15until the end;
14just as you alsopartially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in 16the day of our LordJesus.