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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Corinthians 5:2


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    King James Bible - 2 Corinthians 5:2

    For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

    World English Bible

    For most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven;

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Corinthians 5:2

    For in this also we groan, desiring to be clothed upon with our habitation that is from heaven.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our house which is from heaven:

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ γαρ 1063 CONJ εν 1722 PREP τουτω 5129 D-DSN στεναζομεν 4727 5719 V-PAI-1P το 3588 T-ASN οικητηριον 3613 N-ASN ημων 2257 P-1GP το 3588 T-ASN εξ 1537 PREP ουρανου 3772 N-GSM επενδυσασθαι 1902 5670 V-AMN επιποθουντες 1971 5723 V-PAP-NPM

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    VERSE (2) -
    :4 Ro 7:24; 8:23 1Pe 1:6,7

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 5:2

    Y por esto tambin gemimos, deseando ser sobrevestidos de aquella nuestra habitacin que es del cielo;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:2

    Verse 2. For in this we
    groan] While in this state, and in this body, we are encompassed with many infirmities, and exposed to many trials, so that life is a state of discipline and affliction, and every thing within and around us says, "Arise and depart, for this is not your rest!" Those who apply these words to what they call the apostle's sense of indwelling sin, abuse the passage. There is nothing of the kind either mentioned or intended.

    Desiring to be clothed upon with our house] This and the following verses are, in themselves, exceedingly obscure, and can be only interpreted by considering that the expressions used by the apostle are all Jewish, and should be interpreted according to their use of them. Schoettgen has entered largely into the argument here employed by the apostle, and brought forth much useful information.

    He observes, 1. That the Hebrew word bl labash, which answers to the apostle's endusasqai, to be clothed, signifies to be surrounded, covered, or invested with any thing. So, to be clothed with the uncircumcision, signifies to be uncircumcised. Yalcut Rubeni, fol. 163.

    On the words, Exod. xxiv. 18, Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount, Sohar Exod., fol. 77, has these words, He went into the midst of the cloud, as if one put on a garment; so he was CLOTHED with the CLOUD. Sohar Levit., fol. x19: "The righteous are in the terrestrial paradise, where their souls are clothed with the lucid crown;" i.e. they are surrounded, encompassed with light, &c.

    2. The word tyb beith, HOUSE, in Hebrew often denotes a cover, case, or clothing. So, in the Targum of Onkelos, ypa tyb beith appei, the HOUSE or the FACE, is a veil; and so y[bxa tyb beith etsbaim, the HOUSE of the FINGERS, and dy tyb beith yad, the HOUSE of the HAND, signify gloves; ylgr tyb beith regalim, the HOUSE of the FEET, shoes.

    Therefore, oikhthrion-ependusasqai, to be clothed on with a house, may signify any particular qualities of the soul; what we, following the very same form of speech, call a habit, i.e. a coat or vestment. So we say the man has got a habit of vice, a habit of virtue, a habit of swearing, of humility, &c., &c.

    3. The Jews attribute garments to the soul, both in this and the other world; and as they hold that all human souls pre- exist, they say that, previously to their being appointed to bodies, they have a covering which answers the same end to them before they come into life as their bodies do afterwards. And they state that the design of God in sending souls into the world is, that they may get themselves a garment by the study of the law and good works. See several proofs in Schoettgen.

    4. It is plain, also, that by this garment or covering of the soul they mean simply what we understand by acquiring the image of God-being made holy. This image they assert "Adam lost by his fall, and they represent man in a sinful state as being naked." So they represent the Israelites before their making the molten calf, as having received holy garments from Mount Sinai; but afterwards, having worshipped the calf, they were stripped of these, and left naked.

    5. But notwithstanding they speak of this clothing as implying righteous and holy dispositions, and heavenly qualities, yet they all agree in assigning certain vehicles to separate spirits, in which they act; but of these vehicles they have strange notions; yet they acknowledge that without them, whether they be of light, fire, &c., or whatever else, they cannot see and contemplate the Supreme Wisdom. In Synopsis Sohar, page 137, we have these words: "When the time draws near in which a man is to depart from this world, the angel of death takes off his mortal garment and clothes him with one from paradise, in which he may see and contemplate the Supreme Wisdom; and therefore the angel of death is said to be very kind to man, because he takes off from him the garment of this world, and clothes him with a much more precious one prepared in paradise." When the apostle says that they earnestly desired to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven, he certainly means that the great concern of all the genuine followers of God was to be fully prepared to enjoy the beatific vision of their Maker and Redeemer.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 2. For in this we groan earnestly , etc..] Meaning either for this happiness we groan, or rather in this tabernacle we groan. These words are a reason of the former, proving that the saints have a building of God; and they know they have it, because they groan after it here; for the groanings of the saints are under the influence and direction of the Spirit of God, who makes intercession for them, as for grace, so for glory, according to the will of God: and this groaning is further explained by desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven ; by which is meant not the glorified body in the resurrection morn; for though the bodies of the saints will be glorious, incorruptible, powerful, and spiritual, they are not said to be celestial, nor will they be from heaven, but be raised out of the earth: besides, the apostle is speaking of an habitation the soul will go into, and is desirous of going into as soon as it removes out of the earthly house of the body, and of a clothing it desires to be clothed with as soon as it is stripped of the garment of the flesh: wherefore, by the house from heaven must be meant the heavenly glory, which departed souls immediately enter into, and are arrayed with, even the white and shining robes of purity, perfection, and glory they shall be clothed with, as soon as ever their tabernacles are unpinned and dissolved. The Jews indeed speak of a celestial body which the soul shall be clothed with immediately upon its separation from the earthly body, and much in such figurative terms as the apostle does in this, and the following verse; when a man's time is come, say they f52 , to go out of this world, he does not depart until the angel of death has stripped him of the clothing of body, ((see 2 Corinthians 5:4)) and when the soul is stripped of the body, by the angel of death, it goes arja apwg awhhb abltmw , and is clothed with that other body, which is in paradise, of which it was stripped when it came into this world; for the soul has no pleasure but in the body, which is from thence, and it rejoices because it is stripped of the body of this world, yl arja awblb bltaw and is clothed with another perfect clothing.

    And a little after, the holy blessed God deals well with men, for he does not strip men of their clothes until he has provided for them other clothes, more precious and better than these, except the wicked of the world, who return not to their Lord by perfect repentance; for naked they came into this world, and naked ((see 2 Corinthians 5:3)) they shall return hence.

    And in another place f53 , the soul does not go up to appear before the Holy King, until it is worthy to be clothed aly[ld awblb , with the clothing which is above.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-8 - The believer not only is well assured by faith that there is anothe and a happy life after this is ended, but he has good hope, throug 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 Make is God. The happiness of the future state is what God has prepared for those that love him: everlasting habitations, not like the earthl 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 heav load. But believers groan, being burdened with a body of sin, an because of the many corruptions remaining and raging within them. Deat 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 shal be clothed with garments of praise, with robes of righteousness an 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 liv by sight. This shows clearly the happiness to be enjoyed by the soul 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; eac 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 ar 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!


    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ γαρ 1063 CONJ εν 1722 PREP τουτω 5129 D-DSN στεναζομεν 4727 5719 V-PAI-1P το 3588 T-ASN οικητηριον 3613 N-ASN ημων 2257 P-1GP το 3588 T-ASN εξ 1537 PREP ουρανου 3772 N-GSM επενδυσασθαι 1902 5670 V-AMN επιποθουντες 1971 5723 V-PAP-NPM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    2. In this.
    Tabernacle. As if pointing to his own body. See on 1 Corinthians xv. 54.

    Earnestly desiring (epipoqountev). The participle has an explanatory force, as Acts xxvii. 7, "because the wind did not suffer us." We groan because we long. Rev., longing. The compounded preposition ejpi does not mark the intensity of the desire, but its direction.

    To be clothed upon (ependusasqai). Only here and ver. 4. Compare ejpenduthv fisher's coat, John xxi. 7 (see note). Lit., to put on over. The metaphor changes from building to clothing, a natural transformation in the mind of Paul, to whom the hail-cloth woven for tents would suggest a vesture.

    House (oikhthrion). Not oijkia house, as ver. 1. This word regards the house with special reference to its inhabitant. The figure links itself with building, ver. 1, as contrasted with the unstable tent.

    From heaven (ex ouranou). As from God, ver. 1.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    5:2 {To be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven} (to oiketerion hemwn to ex ouranou ependusasqai). First aorist middle infinitive of late verb ependuw, double compound (ep, en) to put upon oneself. Cf. ependutes for a fisherman's linen blouse or upper garment (#Joh 21:7). oiketerion is old word used here of the spiritual body as the abode of the spirit. It is a mixed metaphor (putting on as garment the dwelling-place).


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