1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles 1 so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble 2 with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 1:5 For just as the sufferings 3 of Christ 4 overflow 5 toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. 6 1:6 But if we are afflicted, 7 it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. 1:7 And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in 8 our sufferings, so also you will share in 9 our comfort.
1 tn Or “our trials”; traditionally, “our affliction.” The term θλῖψις (qliyi") refers to trouble (including persecution) that involves direct suffering (L&N 22.2).
2 tn Or “any trials”; traditionally, “any affliction.”
4 tn I.e., suffering incurred by Paul as a consequence of his relationship to Christ. The genitive could be considered to have a causative nuance here.
5 tn Traditionally, “abound” (here and throughout this section).
6 tn The words “to you” are not in the Greek text, but are implied by the statements in the following verse.
7 tn Or “are troubled.”
8 tn Grk “as you are sharers in.”
9 tn Grk “will be sharers in.”