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

  • Irene123
    Vs. 20 - being an ambassador for Christ (God) entails taking ONLY the Word of God to souls - with no 'outside' writings added. His Word, the KJV Bible, is all He has given us.
  • Irene123
    Vs. 18-19; through His death Jesus provided reconciliation for both Jew and Gentile. When the Jews and Gentile are reconciled to God, they will be reconciled to one another. What peace treaties and piece conferences cannot do - the blood of Jesus can.
  • Marshalyn
    indeed.this is life be like..living with faith in God through our Lord Jesus
  • Lilian
    We will walk by Faith and Not by Sight. Jesus was given to us from our Father in Heaven with his Words . We have to believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God who came in flesh. His words are given to us not to figure out but to BELIEVE IN HIS WORDS AND OBEY THEM . Thru God's words we might be made the righteousness thru Jesus Amen
  • Librarygal143
    I have faith, God. Hallelujah, thank you Jesus.
  • BSP
    We must live our lives in a way that shows that we have faith. It takes faith to truly believe in all of God's promises and to live in a way that shows we have that faith.

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