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2 Corinthians 5:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— we are confident, I say, and pleased rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— We have good courage, however, and are well pleased—rather to be away from home, out of the body, and to come home, unto the Lord.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— we have courage, and are well pleased rather to be away from the home of the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But we are confident and have a good will to be absent rather from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— On this account we confide, and long to pass away from the body, and to be with our Lord.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— therefore we are confident, and desirous to be away from the body, and to be with our Lord.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
x1161
(1161) Complement
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
We are confident, 2292
{2292} Prime
θαρρέω
tharrheo
{thar-hreh'-o}
Another form for G2293; to exercise courage.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
[I say], and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
y1161
[1161] Standard
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
willing 2106
{2106} Prime
εὐδοκέω
eudokeo
{yoo-dok-eh'-o}
From G2095 and G1380; to think well of, that is, approve (an act); specifically to approbate (a person or thing).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
rather 3123
{3123} Prime
μᾶλλον
mallon
{mal'-lon}
Neuter of the comparative of the same as G3122; (adverb) more (in a greater degree) or rather.
to be absent 1553
{1553} Prime
ἐκδημέω
ekdemeo
{ek-day-meh'-o}
From a compound of G1537 and G1218; to emigrate, that is, (figuratively) vacate or quit.
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
from 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
body, 4983
{4983} Prime
σῶμα
soma
{so'-mah}
From G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
to be present 1736
{1736} Prime
ἐνδημέω
endemeo
{en-day-meh'-o}
From a compound of G1722 and G1218; to be in one's own country, that is, home (figuratively).
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
with 4314
{4314} Prime
πρός
pros
{pros}
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
Lord. 2962
{2962} Prime
κύριος
kurios
{koo'-ree-os}
From κῦρος [[kuros]] (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 5:8

_ _ willing — literally, “well content.” Translate also, “To go (literally, migrate) from our home in the body, and to come to our home with the Lord.” We should prefer to be found alive at the Lord’s coming, and to be clothed upon with our heavenly body (2 Corinthians 5:2-4). But feeling, as we do, the sojourn in the body to be a separation from our true home “with the Lord,” we prefer even dissolution by death, so that in the intermediate disembodied state we may go to be “with the Lord” (Philippians 1:23). “To be with Christ” (the disembodied state) is distinguished from Christ’s coming to take us to be with Him in soul and body (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17, “with the Lord”). Perhaps the disembodied spirits of believers have fullness of communion with Christ unseen; but not the mutual recognition of one another, until clothed with their visible bodies at the resurrection (compare 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), when they shall with joy recognize Christ’s image in each other perfect.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:1-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 5:8

Present with the Lord — This demonstrates that the happiness of the saints is not deferred till the resurrection.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 5:8

We are (f) confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

(f) And yet we are in such a manner confident and do so pass on our pilgrimage with a valiant and peaceful mind, that yet nonetheless we had rather depart from here to the Lord.

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and willing:

2 Corinthians 5:6 Therefore [we are] always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2 Corinthians 12:2-3 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. ... And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
Luke 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
Philippians 1:20-24 According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death. ... Nevertheless to abide in the flesh [is] more needful for you.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: ... Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
2 Peter 1:14-15 Knowing that shortly I must put off [this] my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. ... Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
2 Peter 3:11-12 [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, ... Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

present:

2 Corinthians 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.
Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Psalms 73:23-26 Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast holden [me] by my right hand. ... My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ... Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Revelation 7:14-17 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. ... For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
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Ps 16:11; 17:15; 73:23. Mt 25:21, 23. Lk 2:29. Jn 14:3; 17:24. Ac 21:13. 2Co 5:6, 9; 12:2. Php 1:20. 1Th 4:17. 2Ti 4:7. 2P 1:14; 3:11. 1Jn 3:2. Rv 7:14; 22:3.

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