We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, a of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself.
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again,
as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our b behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness c and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God—and all the more toward you.
For we write you nothing other than what you can read and also understand; I hope you will understand until the end—
as you have already understood us in part—that on the day of the Lord Jesus we are your boast even as you are our boast.
Since I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a double favor; d16
I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on to Judea.
Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, e ready to say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time?
As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been "Yes and No."
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