18 while we (A)look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The Temporal and Eternal

For we know that if our [a](B)earthly (C)tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house (D)not made by hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed, in this tent we (E)groan, longing to be (F)clothed with our [b]dwelling from heaven, since in fact after putting it on, we will not be found naked. For indeed, we who are in this tent (G)groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be (H)clothed, so that what is (I)mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who (J)gave us the Spirit as a [c]pledge.

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that (K)while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for (L)we walk by faith, not by [d]sight—


  1. 2 Corinthians 5:1 Lit earthly house of the tent
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:2 I.e., the resurrected body
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:5 Or first installment
  4. 2 Corinthians 5:7 Or appearance

Bible Gateway Recommends