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 5:8

  • After a person dies, there is the so called intermediate state where he she awaits for the resurrection. In the meantime, he she is with the Lord. Because of this, death becomes a gain Philippians 1:21 .It must be made clear though that a person lives after he she dies because he she is immortal his her life after death is a privilege to him her as a true christian. To those who do not agree with me I respect your opinion. What matters most is that it does not matter what happens to us after death as long as we are sure that we are in the hands of God. This is the bottom line. Let us just respect each other 's understanding of the Bible.
  • Lynn abernathy for verse 8
    i believe when that last breath leaves the body, then that spirit that god gave man when he became a christian will return back to the father that gave it.
  • Isaac Oduro for verse 8
    2 corinthians 5 8 means simply that,we are qualified to be with the Lord when we face death and lived our lives faithfully to the Lord.Because we have fought the good fight as a true believer abd know for sure that,we will make it to heaven.Just like how the true disciples are dead but we who remain alive classify them as being lucky and blessed because their victory is assured as if they are already in Heaven with the Lord,even though they are dead.Just as John saw the souls of the christians whose head 's were cut off under the alter in heaven speaking for God to judge and avenge their killers.A white robe was given to them that,they have won the battle and qualified to enter heaven.So they should be rest assured and relax.when you die,you will have your life back in heaven if you lived for Christ.The important thing is living for christ till you die and being rest assured that you will be in heaven as if you are already there because you have passed toIs be with the Lord.I corinthians 2 6.The wisdom Paul used to speak is for those who are spiritually matured,to catch what he was really talking about.But know that,once you die as a true christian is as good as being with the Lord because victory and life is yours as a winner.No doubt.

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