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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Corinthians 5:4


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    King James Bible - 2 Corinthians 5:4

    For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

    World English Bible

    For indeed we who are in this
    tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Corinthians 5:4

    For we also, who are in this tabernacle, do groan, being burthened; because we would not be unclothed, but clothed upon, that that which is mortal may be swallowed up by
    life.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not because we would be unclothed, but clothed, that mortality might be swallowed up in
    life.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (4) -
    2Pe 1:13

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 5:4

    Porque asimismo los que estamos en este tabernculo, gemimos cargados; porque no querremos ser desnudados; antes sobrevestidos, consumiendo la vida a lo que es mortal.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:4

    Verse 4. For we that are in this
    tabernacle] We who are in this state of trial and difficulty do groan, being burdened; as if he had said: The whole of human life is a state of suffering, and especially our lot; who are troubled on every side, perplexed, persecuted, cast down, bearing about in the body the dying of our Lord Jesus, and being always delivered unto death on the account of Jesus, chap. iv. 8-11. These were sufficient burdens, and sufficient causes of groaning.

    Not for that we would be unclothed] We do not desire death, nor to die, even with the full prospect of eternal glory before our eyes, an hour before that time which God in his wisdom has assigned.

    But clothed upon] To have the fullest preparation for eternal glory. We wish not to die, whatever tribulation we may be called to pass through, till the whole will of God is accomplished in us and by us.

    That mortality might be swallowed up of life.] Being fully prepared for the eternal state we shall scarcely be said to die, all that is mortal being absorbed and annihilated by immortality and glory. See the notes on 1 Cor. xv. 51-56. From the use of these expressions among the Jews, this seems to be the general meaning of the apostle.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan , etc..] There are some of the saints who are not in the tabernacle, the body. They were in it, but now are not; their bodies are in the grave, the house appointed for all living; and their souls are in the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, in everlasting habitations, in the mansions prepared in Christ's Father's house; and they have done groaning, being delivered from every oppressor, sin, Satan, and the world; are at rest from all their labours, and ate free from every burden; only the saints who are in the tabernacle of the body, in an unsettled state, groan, being in the midst of tribulation, and not yet in the enjoyment of that happiness they are wishing for. The reason of their groaning is, because they are burdened with the body itself, which is a clog and incumbrance to the soul in its spiritual exercises; and oftentimes by reason of its disorders and diseases a man becomes a burden to himself; but what the saints are mostly burdened with in this life, and which makes them groan the most, is the body of sin and death they carry about with them; the filth of it is nauseous, grievous, and intolerable; the guilt of it oftentimes lies very heavy on the conscience; the weight of it presses hard, and is a great hinderance to them in running their Christian race; nor have they any relief under this burden, but by looking to a sin bearing and sin atoning Saviour, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. They are also frequently burdened with Satan's temptations, with blasphemous thoughts, solicitations to sin, the fears of death, the pangs of it, and what will follow upon it; though God is faithful, who will not suffer them to be tempted above that they are able to bear; however, these temptations are great burdens, and occasion many a groan: to which may be added the various afflictions of life, which though comparatively light, are in themselves heavy, grievous burdens, and hard to be bore; the nature, number, and continuance of them often make them so; and especially they are such, when God is pleased to hide his face, and withhold the discoveries of his love and mercy. The apostle goes on to explain what he means by desiring to be clothed, not for that we would be unclothed ; that is, of our bodies; and this he says, not through any love and liking he had to this animal life, or to the sensual methods of living here, which make natural men in love with life, and desirous of always living here; but from a principle of nature, which recoils at death, does not like a dissolution, chooses any other way of removing out of this world than by death; a translation of soul and body together to heaven, like that of Enoch and Elijah's, is more eligible even to a good man; or such a change as will be upon the living saints at the coming of Christ, which the apostle seems to have in view, who will be not unclothed of their bodies, as men are at death, but clothed upon ; as is here desired, with incorruption and immortality: that mortality might be swallowed up of life ; not that the mortal body, or the substance of the body, which is mortal, might be consumed and destroyed, but that mortality, that quality to which it is subject by sin, might be no more: and he does not say, that death may be swallowed up of life, which will be done in the resurrection morn; but mortality, which being swallowed up by a translation, or such a change as will be at the last day, will prevent death: and the phrase, swallowed up, denotes the suddenness of the change, in an instant, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and that without any pain, or such agonies as usually attend death; and also the utter, final, and total abolition of mortality; so that there will never be more any appearance of it; his desire is, that it may be swallowed up of the life, which is properly and emphatically life, as this life is not; and means the glorious, immortal, and everlasting life, which saints enter into as soon as they are rid of their mortal bodies, and the mortality of them.

    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 οι 3588 T-NPM οντες 5607 5752 V-PXP-NPM εν 1722 PREP τω 3588 T-DSN σκηνει 4636 N-DSN στεναζομεν 4727 5719 V-PAI-1P βαρουμενοι 916 5746 V-PPP-NPM {VAR1: επειδη 1894 CONJ } {VAR2: εφ 1909 PREP ω 3739 R-DSN } ου 3756 PRT-N θελομεν 2309 5719 V-PAI-1P εκδυσασθαι 1562 5670 V-AMN αλλ 235 CONJ επενδυσασθαι 1902 5670 V-AMN ινα 2443 CONJ καταποθη 2666 5686 V-APS-3S το 3588 T-NSN θνητον 2349 A-NSN υπο 5259 PREP της 3588 T-GSF ζωης 2222 N-GSF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4. Being burdened (baroumenoi). Compare weight (barov) of
    glory, ch. iv. 17.

    Not for that we would be unclothed (ef w ou qelomen ekdusasqai). Lit., because we are not willing to divest ourselves (of the mortal body). Regarding the coming of the Lord as near, the apostle contemplates the possibility of living to behold it. The oppression of soul (groan) is not from pains and afflictions of the body, nor from the fear of death, but from the natural shrinking from death, especially if death is to deprive him of the body (unclothe) only to leave him without a new and higher organism. Therefore he desires, instead of dying, to have the new being come down upon him while still alive, investing him with the new spiritual organism (clothed upon), as a new garment is thrown over an old one, and absorbing (swallowed up) the old, sensuous life.

    "For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey, This pleadng anxious being e'er resigned, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind?" GRAY, "Elegy."

    Swallowed up. A new metaphor. Compare 1 Cor. xv. 54.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    5:4 {Not for that we would be unclothed} (ef' hwi ou qelomen ekdusasqai). Rather, "For that (ef' hwi) we do not wish to put off the clothing, but to put it on" (all' ependusasqai). The transposition of the negative ou weakens the sense. Paul does not wish to be a mere disembodied spirit without his spiritual garment. {That what is mortal may be swallowed up of life} (hina katapoqei to qneton hupo tes zwes). "Only what is mortal perishes; the personality, consisting of soul and body, survives," (Plummer). See on 1:22 for "the earnest of the spirit."


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