2 Corinthians 5:8

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
- American Standard Version (1901)

We are without fear, desiring to be free from the body, and to be with the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

we are confident, I say, and pleased rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.
- Darby Bible

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

So we have a cheerful confidence, and we anticipate with greater delight being banished from the body and going home to the Lord.
- Weymouth Bible

We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
- World English Bible

But we ben hardi, and han good wille, more to be in pilgrymage fro the bodi, and to be present to God.
- Wycliffe Bible

we have courage, and are well pleased rather to be away from the home of the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:8


5:8 Present with the Lord - This demonstrates that the happiness of the saints is not deferred till the resurrection.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:8


2Co 5:8 We are confident. In the face of every peril, because we know that death, an absence from the body, would be to be present with the Lord. Note here the doctrine of the immaterial nature of the human spirit. It puts aside the body to be clothed with a new garment. It is absent from the body but present with the Lord. The body is not essential to its conscious existence. It does not sleep because the body sleeps.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 5

  • Wayne
    V. 15 is the hard verse for us. Not living unto ourselves but living our lives unto Christ, unto HIM.
  • Wil Campbell
    I'm a counseling psychologist and marriage and family therapist. 2 Cor 5:18 just helped me figure out my purpose!
  • Wayne
    Clarion, we don't know our length of days so don't delay. Take it to the Lord. Get it done. Love in Christ and much success.
  • Tonya franklin
    this really helps me a lot
  • Clarion
    Sanctification is the work of a lifetime.
  • Bridget odole
    It means I have no past.I have just been born.I have a better life now because,I was born by the spirit.

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