Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him.
He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. We ourselves have received comfort from God.
We share the sufferings of Christ. We also share his comfort.
If we are having trouble, it is so that you will be comforted and renewed. If we are comforted, it is so that you will be comforted. Then you will be able to put up with the same suffering we have gone through.
Our hope for you remains firm. We know that you suffer just as we do. In the same way, God comforts you just as he comforts us.
Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the hard times we suffered in Asia Minor. We were having a lot of trouble. It was far more than we could stand. We even thought we were going to die.
In fact, in our hearts we felt as if we were under the sentence of death. But that happened so that we would not depend on ourselves but on God. He raises the dead to life.
God has saved us from deadly dangers. And he will continue to do it. We have put our hope in him. He will continue to save us.
You must help us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because of what will happen to us. They will thank God for his kindness to us in answer to the prayers of many.