2 Corinthians 1:3-9 New International Version

Paul's Affliction

3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

7  And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8  We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[1] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9  Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.


Footnotes

[1] 1:8 The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God's family; also in 8:1; 13:11.

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