2 Corinthians 5:9
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New International Version
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

New Living Translation
So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.

English Standard Version
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

King James Bible
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.

International Standard Version
So whether we are at home or away from home, our goal is to be pleasing to him.

NET Bible
So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
We are diligent that, whether away from home or an inhabitant, we may be pleasing to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whether we live in the body or move out of it, our goal is to be pleasing to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore we also procure, whether present or absent, that we may please him.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

American King James Version
Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And therefore we labour, whether absent or present, to please him.

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

English Revised Version
Wherefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well-pleasing unto him.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore also we are ambitious, whether at home or away from home, to be well pleasing to him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:9-15 The apostle quickens himself and others to acts of duty. Well-grounded hopes of heaven will not encourage sloth and sinful security. Let all consider the judgment to come, which is called, The terror of the Lord. Knowing what terrible vengeance the Lord would execute upon the workers of iniquity, the apostle and his brethren used every argument and persuasion, to lead men to believe in the Lord Jesus, and to act as his disciples. Their zeal and diligence were for the glory of God and the good of the church. Christ's love to us will have a like effect upon us, if duly considered and rightly judged. All were lost and undone, dead and ruined, slaves to sin, having no power to deliver themselves, and must have remained thus miserable for ever, if Christ had not died. We should not make ourselves, but Christ, the end of our living and actions. A Christian's life should be devoted to Christ. Alas, how many show the worthlessness of their professed faith and love, by living to themselves and to the world!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - We labour; literally, we are emulous. This, says Bengel, is "the sole legitimate ambition." The same word occurs in Romans 15:20. Whether present or absent; literally, whether at home or away from home; i.e. whether with Christ or separated from him (as in ver. 8); or, "whether in the body or out of the body" (as in ver. 6). The latter would resemble 1 Thessalonians 5:10, "That whether we wake or sleep we may live with him." We may be accepted of him; literally, to be well pleasing to him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent,.... This may be understood either of the ministers of the Gospel in particular, who labour in the word and doctrine, are ambitious, as the word here used signifies, and strive to preach the Gospel, not to please men, but their Lord and master; or of saints in general, who are intent upon this, and whose highest ambition is, that whether living or dying they

may be accepted of him; both persons and services: such who are born again, who are believers in Christ, and truly love him, are earnestly desirous of doing those things which are pleasing to him; and do in the strength of Christ endeavour to perform them. Faith is a diligent, industrious, and operative grace, and makes persons like itself. As none ought to be, so none are more careful to perform good works, or more ambitious to excel others in them, and thereby please their Lord, than believers. And these are the only persons that can please him, for without faith it is impossible to please him; for these act from a principle of love to him, and with a view to his glory; and may they be but accepted of him, living and dying, both in this and the other world, they have the highest favour they can wish for and desire.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Wherefore—with such a sure "confidence" of being blessed, whether we die before, or be found alive at Christ's coming.

we labour—literally, "make it our ambition"; the only lawful ambition.

whether present or absent—whether we be found at His coming present in the body, or absent from it.

accepted—Greek, "well-pleasing."

2 Corinthians 5:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Our Eternal Dwelling
8we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Cross References
Romans 14:18
because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

Colossians 1:10
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

1 Thessalonians 4:1
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
Treasury of Scripture

Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

we labour. or, we endeavour.

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

Romans 15:20 Yes, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was …

1 Corinthians 9:26,27 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which …

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and …

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust …

Hebrews 4:11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall …

2 Peter 1:10,11 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and …

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that …

whether. See on ver.

2 Corinthians 5:6,8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at …

Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we …

accepted.

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, …

Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful …

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is …

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

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