Because, brothers, we would not have you ignore our tribulation which was done unto us in Asia, that we were burdened beyond our strength, in such a manner that we despaired even of life:
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
who delivered us from so great a death and does deliver; in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
ye also helping us with prayer, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons, thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with carnal wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world and more abundantly towards you.
For we write no other things unto you than what ye read or also know, and I trust ye shall know them even to the end
as also ye have known in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before that ye might have a second grace
and to pass by you into Macedonia and to come again out of Macedonia unto you and of you to be sent forward to Judaea.
When I, therefore, was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that of me there should be yes, yes, and no, no?
But God is faithful that our word toward you has not been yes and no.