2 Corinthians 5:9

“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well-pleasing unto him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason we make it our purpose, in the body or away from it, to be well-pleasing to him.
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore also we are zealous, whether present or absent, to be agreeable to him.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted by him.
- Webster's Bible

And for this reason also we make it our ambition, whether at home or in exile, to please Him perfectly.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to him.
- World English Bible

And therfor we stryuen, whether absent, whether present, to plese hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

Wherefore also we are ambitious, whether at home or away from home, to be well pleasing to him,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:9


5:9 Therefore we are ambitious - The only ambition which has place in a Christian. Whether present - In the body. Or absent - From it.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:9


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.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 5

  • A disciple
    "...to go live with my Dad" ?? I have always had a huge ANTI to all that so-called contemporary Christian lingo: it just doesn't fit for the Saints to act so toward the Most High! I think that everyone with the Holy Spirit, will also have a deep reverence and fear of God our Father, that could never speak of Him with such over-familiar and common terms; especially in the context of this Chapter.
  • Just Joe
    verses 1-9 reaffirms the desire of the believer to, to put it frankly, to go live with my Dad. There is nothing in this world that can compare to that longing.
  • 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.
  • 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

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