For our momentary, light suffering 1 is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison
But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison. 1
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power 1 belongs to God and does not come from us.
even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, 1 so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble 2 me – so that I would not become arrogant. 3
For you have heard of my former way of life 1 in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it.
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, 1 regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, 2 that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living.