May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort.
He's the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God.
That is because we receive so much comfort through Christ in the same way that we share so many of Christ's sufferings.
So if we have trouble, it is to bring you comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer.
Our hope for you is certain, because we know that as you are partners in suffering, so also you are partners in comfort.
Brothers and sisters, we don't want you to be unaware of the troubles that we went through in Asia. We were weighed down with a load of suffering that was so far beyond our strength that we were afraid we might not survive.
It certainly seemed to us as if we had gotten the death penalty. This was so that we would have confidence in God, who raises the dead, instead of ourselves.
God rescued us from a terrible death, and he will rescue us. We have set our hope on him that he will rescue us again,
since you are helping with your prayer for us. Then many people can thank God on our behalf for the gift that was given to us through the prayers of many people.