2 Corinthians 5:4

Not for that we would be unclothed (ep wi ou qelomen ekdusasqai). Rather, "For that (ep wi) 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 (ina katapoqh to qnhton upo th zwh). "Only what is mortal perishes; the personality, consisting of soul and body, survives," (Plummer). See on John 1:22 for "the earnest of the spirit."