Listen, Paul was absolutely sure he was going to die for the gospel that he had pronounced the sentence upon himself. (The Lord took Paul to the point at which he could not fall back on any intellectual, physical, or emotional human resource.
Total Absence of an Exit 2 Corinthians 1:8-10NJK
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we