Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.
and may God Almighty grant you compassion in the sight of the man, so that he will release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”
“My days are past, my plans are torn apart,
Even the wishes of my heart.
“Surely every man walks about as a phantom;
Surely they make an uproar for nothing;
He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
For 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;
so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this.