2 Corinthians 3:1-18

3  Are we starting again to recommend ourselves?+ Or do we, perhaps, like some men, need letters+ of recommendation to YOU or from YOU?  YOU yourselves are our letter,+ inscribed on our* hearts and known and being read by all mankind.+  For YOU are shown to be a letter of Christ written by us as ministers,+ inscribed not with ink but with spirit+ of a living God, not on stone tablets,+ but on fleshly tablets, on hearts.*+  Now through the Christ we have this sort of confidence+ toward God.  Not that we of ourselves are adequately qualified to reckon anything as issuing from ourselves,+ but our being adequately qualified* issues from God,+  who has indeed adequately qualified us to be ministers* of a new covenant,+ not of a written code,*+ but of spirit;+ for the written code condemns+ to death, but the spirit makes alive.+  Moreover, if the code which administers death+ and which was engraved* in letters in stones+ came about in a glory,+ so that the sons of Israel could not gaze intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face,+ [a glory] that was to be done away with,  why should not the administering of the spirit+ be much more with glory?+  For if the code administering condemnation*+ was glorious,*+ much more does the administering of righteousness+ abound with glory.+ 10  In fact, even that which has once been made glorious has been stripped of glory in this respect,+ because of the glory that excels it.+ 11  For if that which was to be done away with was brought in with glory,+ much more would that which remains be with glory.+ 12  Therefore, as we have such a hope,+ we are using great freeness of speech, 13  and not doing as when Moses would put a veil+ upon his face, that the sons of Israel might not gaze intently at the end+ of that which was to be done away with. 14  But their mental powers were dulled.+ For to this present day the same veil remains unlifted at the reading of the old covenant,*+ because it is done away with by means of Christ.+ 15  In fact, down till today whenever Moses is read,+ a veil lies upon their hearts.+ 16  But when there is a turning to Jehovah,* the veil is taken away.+ 17  Now Jehovah* is the Spirit;+ and where the spirit+ of Jehovah*+ is, there is freedom.+ 18  And all of us,+ while we with unveiled faces reflect like mirrors the glory of Jehovah,*+ are transformed+ into the same image+ from glory to glory,+ exactly as done by Jehovah*+ [the] Spirit.*


“Our,” P46ABCDVgSyh,p; א, “your.”
Or, “on tablets, on fleshly hearts.”
Lit., “the sufficiency of us.”
Lit., “of written character.” Gr., gramʹma·tos; Lat., litʹte·rae.
Or, “servants.” Gr., di·a·koʹnous; Lat., mi·niʹstros (from miʹnus, “less”); J22(Heb.), mesha·rethimʹ.
Or, “if the administering of death engraved.”
Or, “if the administering of condemnation.”
Lit., “was a glory.”
For a discussion of the expressions “The Old Testament” and “The New Testament,” see App 7E.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.
Or, “by Jehovah’s spirit.”