Not that we are competent in ourselves1 to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.26
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant3--not of the letter4 but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.5
Now if the ministry that brought death,6 which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory,7 fading though it was,
will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
If the ministry that condemns men8 is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!910
For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Therefore, since we have such a hope,10 we are very bold.1113
We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face12 to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.
But their minds were made dull,13 for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant14 is read.15 It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.