1:5 For just as the sufferings 1 of Christ 2 overflow 3 toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. 4 1:6 But if we are afflicted, 5 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 6 our sufferings, so also you will share in 7 our comfort. 1:8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, 8 regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, 9 that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living.
2 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.
3 tn Traditionally, “abound” (here and throughout this section).
4 tn The words “to you” are not in the Greek text, but are implied by the statements in the following verse.
5 tn Or “are troubled.”
6 tn Grk “as you are sharers in.”
7 tn Grk “will be sharers in.”
8 tn Grk “brothers,” but the Greek word may be used for “brothers and sisters” or “fellow Christians” as here (cf. BDAG 18 s.v. ἀδελφός 1., where considerable nonbiblical evidence for the plural ἀδελφοί [adelfoi] meaning “brothers and sisters” is cited).
9 tn Grk “Asia”; in the NT this always refers to the Roman province of Asia, made up of about one-third of the west and southwest end of modern Asia Minor. Asia lay to the west of the region of Phrygia and Galatia. The words “the province of” are supplied to indicate to the modern reader that this does not refer to the continent of Asia.