2 Corinthians 5:6
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New International Version
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.

New Living Translation
So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.

English Standard Version
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,

Berean Study Bible
Therefore we are always confident, although we know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
always being confident, then, and knowing that, being at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord--

King James Bible
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.

International Standard Version
Therefore, we are always confident, and we know that as long as we are at home in this body we are away from the Lord.

NET Bible
Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord--

New Heart English Bible
Therefore, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because we know therefore and we are convinced that as long as we dwell in the body, we are absent from Our Lord;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So we are always confident. We know that as long as we are living in these bodies, we are living away from the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

American King James Version
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

American Standard Version
Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore having always confidence, knowing that, while we are in the body, we are absent from the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore [we are] always confident, and know that while present in the body we are absent from the Lord,

English Revised Version
Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
We have therefore a cheerful confidence. We know that while we are at home in the body we are banished from the Lord;

World English Bible
Therefore, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord;

Young's Literal Translation
having courage, then, at all times, and knowing that being at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord, --
Study Bible
Our Eternal Dwelling
5And God has prepared us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a pledge of what is to come. 6Therefore we are always confident, although we know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord. 7For we walk by faith, not by sight.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Hebrews 11:13
All these people died in faith, without having received the things they were promised. However, they saw them and welcomed them from afar. And they acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
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Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

we are always.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the …

Psalm 27:3,4 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: …

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall …

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning …

Isaiah 36:4 And Rabshakeh said to them, Say you now to Hezekiah, Thus said the …

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and …

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and …

whilst. See on ver.

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our …

Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace …

Psalm 119:19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not your commandments from me.

Philippians 3:20,21 For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the …

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having …

Hebrews 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

(6) Therefore we are always confident.--The Greek construction is participial: being therefore always confident; the sentence not being completed, but begun again with the same verb in 2Corinthians 5:8. The two verbs for being "at home" and "absent" are not found elsewhere in the New Testament. The latter conveys the special idea of being absent from a man's own home or country. The knowledge of the fact that follows is given as the ground of the Apostle's confidence. It makes him long for the change; not wishing for death, but content to accept it, as it will bring him nearer to his Lord.

Verse 6. - Therefore we are always confident; literally, being of good courage. The sentence in the Greek is unfinished (an anacoluthon), but is resumed after the parenthesis by the repetition, "we are of good courage." Always (2 Corinthians 4:8). We are at home in the body. The tent is pitched in the desert, and even the pillar of fire can only shine through its folds. Yet the tent may become brighter and brighter as life goes on.

"To me the thought of death is terrible,
Having such hold on life. To you it is not
More than a step into the open air
Out of a tent already luminous
With light which shines through its transparent folds."


(Longfellow.) Absent from the Lord (John 14:2, 3). Christ is indeed with us here and always; but the nearness of presence and the clearness of vision in that future life will be so much closer and brighter, that here, by comparison, we are absent from him altogether. Therefore we are always confident,.... Because God has formed us for immortality and glory, and given us his Spirit as the earnest of it, we take heart, are of good courage, do not sink under our burdens, or despair of happiness, but are fully assured of enjoying what we are desirous of:

knowing that whilst we are at home in the body; or whilst we are inmates or sojourners in the body; for the body is not properly the saints' home; whilst they are in it, they are but pilgrims and strangers; the time of their abode in it is the time of their sojourning: during which time they

are absent from the Lord; not with respect to his general presence, which is everywhere, and attends all creatures, an absence from which is impossible; nor with respect to his spiritual presence, which though not always sensibly enjoyed, yet frequently; nor are the children of God ever deprived of it totally and finally; but with respect to his glorious presence, and the full enjoyment of that. Now the knowledge and consideration of this, that the present state and situation of the saints, whilst in the body, is a state of pilgrimage, and so of absence from the Lord Christ, and from their Father's house, serves to increase their confidence and assurance, that they shall not long continue so, but in a little time shall be at home, and for ever with the Lord. 6. Translate as Greek, "Being therefore always confident and knowing," etc. He had intended to have made the verb to this nominative, "we are willing" (rather, "well content"), but digressing on the word "confident" (2Co 5:6, 7), he resumes the word in a different form, namely, as an assertion: "We are confident and well content." "Being confident … we are confident" may be the Hebraic idiom of emphasis; as Ac 7:34, Greek, "Having seen, I have seen," that is, I have surely seen.

always—under all trials. Bengel makes the contrast between "always confident" and "confident" especially at the prospect of being "absent from the body." We are confident as well at all times, as also most of all in the hope of a blessed departure.

whilst … at home … absent—Translate as Greek, "While we sojourn in our home in the body, we are away from our home in the Lord." The image from a "house" is retained (compare Php 3:20; Heb 11:13-16; 13:14).5:1-8 The believer not only is well assured by faith that there is another and a happy life after this is ended, but he has good hope, through grace, of heaven as a dwelling-place, a resting-place, a hiding-place. In our Father's house there are many mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God. The happiness of the future state is what God has prepared for those that love him: everlasting habitations, not like the earthly tabernacles, the poor cottages of clay, in which our souls now dwell; that are mouldering and decaying, whose foundations are in the dust. The body of flesh is a heavy burden, the calamities of life are a heavy load. But believers groan, being burdened with a body of sin, and because of the many corruptions remaining and raging within them. Death will strip us of the clothing of flesh, and all the comforts of life, as well as end all our troubles here below. But believing souls shall be clothed with garments of praise, with robes of righteousness and glory. The present graces and comforts of the Spirit are earnests of everlasting grace and comfort. And though God is with us here, by his Spirit, and in his ordinances, yet we are not with him as we hope to be. Faith is for this world, and sight is for the other world. It is our duty, and it will be our interest, to walk by faith, till we live by sight. This shows clearly the happiness to be enjoyed by the souls of believers when absent from the body, and where Jesus makes known his glorious presence. We are related to the body and to the Lord; each claims a part in us. But how much more powerfully the Lord pleads for having the soul of the believer closely united with himself! Thou art one of the souls I have loved and chosen; one of those given to me. What is death, as an object of fear, compared with being absent from the Lord!
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