“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”
King James Version (KJV)
5:9 Therefore we are ambitious - The only ambition which has place in a Christian. Whether present - In the body. Or absent - From it.
2Co 5:9 We labor, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. To Paul, death meant to be present at once with Christ, leaving the body behind. He labored so that, "whether present or absent" in the body, he might be accepted with Christ.