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

  • Temica
    I just want to say we all need our faith increse and i thank God for being God and to know we have him to look to from an evil wicked world things will end but his love will never and we have to belive that we didnt creat our self and really dont understand ourselves so we know to turn to our God our creator and thats enough
  • Aiii
    Faith and Love is what we need. As well as belief of course. I'm disturbed by those who are so vigilant in their own interpretations I fear open minded change is what you proudly consider beneath you. I pray I am wrong forgive me if I mistake your passion and pride.
  • Will
    Our love for Jesus moves us to work whole-souled in whatever we do for him.
  • Irene123
    To Wm. - I just now noticed - quote, "I only utilize the KJV, BUT ..... "; telling me to be more liberal than you does not sound good. I have known the way of Jesus word for - 50 yrs.
  • William
    sis Irene, I am with you because I only utilize the KJV. However, let us not be so dogmatic about any bible translation. Kjv is very reliable, but there are other reliable ones also. All that matters is a changed life in Christ.
  • Marshalyn
    indeed.this is life be like..living with faith in God through our Lord Jesus

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