5For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.6But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;7and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.8For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively , beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;
9For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.10But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ,
10always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.11For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
13But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe, therefore we also speak,14knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.
9as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death,10as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
7and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more.8For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it-for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while -
6So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.7But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.8I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
10I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.11But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability.
19and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness,
13But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.14For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ;
15Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.16Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.
21To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison. But in whatever respect anyone else is bold -I speak in foolishness -I am just as bold myself.22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.