New International Version
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
King James Bible
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore also we are zealous, whether present or absent, to be agreeable to him.
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,
2 Corinthians 5:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wherefore we labor - Φιλοτιμουμεθα· from φιλος, loving, and τιμη, honor; we act at all times on the principles of honor; we are, in the proper sense of the word, ambitious to do and say every thing consistently with our high vocation: and, as we claim kindred to the inhabitants of heaven, to act as they do.
We may be accepted of him - Ευαρεστοι αυτῳ ειναι To be pleasing to him. Through the love we have to God, we study and labor to please him. This is and will be our heaven, to study to love, please, and serve him from whom we have received both our being and its blessings.
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we labour. or, we endeavour.
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LibraryAugust 1. "For we must all Appear Before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that Every one May Receive the Things done in his Body, According to that He Hath Done" (ii Cor. v. 10).
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done" (II Cor. v. 10). It will not always be the day of toil and trial. Some day, we shall hear our names announced before the universe, and the record read of things that we had long forgotten. How our hearts will thrill, and our heads will bow, as we shall hear our own names called, and then the Master shall recount the triumph and the services which we had …
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because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
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.
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