2 Corinthians 5:9
Good News Translation
More than anything else, however, we want to please him, whether in our home here or there.

New Revised Standard Version
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

Contemporary English Version
But whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him.

New American Bible
Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And therefore we labour, whether absent or present, to please him.

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And therefore we labour, whether absent or present, to please him.

we labour.

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you. For him hath God, the Father, sealed.

Romans 15:20 And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man a foundation.

1 Corinthians 9:26,27 I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air. . . .

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast and unmoveable: always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Colossians 1:29 Wherein also I labour, striving according to his working which he worketh in me in power.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that you use your endeavour to be quiet: and that you do your own business and work with your own hands, as we commanded you: and that you walk honestly towards them that are without: and that you want nothing of any man's.


1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we labour and are reviled, because we hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of the faithful.

Hebrews 4:11 Let us hasten therefore to enter into that rest: lest any man fall into the same example of unbelief.

2 Peter 1:10,11 Wherefore, brethren, labour the more, that by good works you may make sure your calling and election. For doing these things, you shall not sin at any time. . . .

2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, dearly beloved, waiting for these things, be diligent that you may be found before him unspotted and blameless in peace.


2 Corinthians 5:6,8 Therefore having always confidence, knowing that while we are in the body we are absent from the Lord. . . .

Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord: or whether we die, we die unto the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.


Genesis 4:7 If thou do well, shalt thou not receive? but if ill, shall not sin forthwith be present at the door? but the lust thereof shall be under thee, and thou shalt have dominion over it.

Isaiah 56:7 I will bring them into my holy mount, and will make them joyful in my house of prayer: their holocausts, and their victims shall please me upon my altar: for my house shall be called the house of prayer, for all nations.

Acts 10:35 But in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh justice is acceptable to him.

Ephesians 1:6 Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us, in his beloved son.

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, receiving an immoveable kingdom, we have grace: whereby let us serve, pleasing God, with fear and reverence.

Our Eternal Dwelling
8But we are confident and have a good will to be absent rather from the body and to be present with the Lord. 9And therefore we labour, whether absent or present, to please him. 10For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.…
Cross References
Romans 14:18
For he that in this serveth Christ pleaseth God and is approved of men.

Colossians 1:10
That you may walk worthy of God, in all things pleasing; being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God:

1 Thessalonians 4:1
For the rest therefore, brethren, pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus that, as you have received from us, how you ought to walk and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more.

2 Corinthians 5:8
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