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2 Corinthians 5:4-8

5:4 For we groan while we are in this tent, 1  since we are weighed down, 2  because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5:5 Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose 3  is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. 4  5:6 Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth 5  we are absent from the Lord – 5:7 for we live 6  by faith, not by sight. 5:8 Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away 7  from the body and at home with the Lord.

1 sn See the note in 5:1 on the phrase the tent we live in.

2 tn Or “we are burdened.”

3 tn Grk “for this very thing.”

4 tn Or “first installment,” “pledge,” “deposit” (see the note on the phrase “down payment” in 1:22).

5 tn Grk “we know that being at home in the body”; an idiom for being alive (L&N 23.91).

6 tn Grk “we walk.”

7 tn Or “be absent.”

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