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For while we are in this tent we groan and are weighed down, because we do not wish to be unclothed[a] but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.(A)

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  1. 5:4 We do not wish to be unclothed: a clear allusion to physical death (2 Cor 4:16; 5:1). Unlike the Greeks, who found dissolution of the body desirable (cf. Socrates), Paul has a Jewish horror of it. He seems to be thinking of the “intermediate period,” an interval between death and resurrection. Swallowed up by life: cf. 1 Cor 15:54.

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