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2 Corinthians 3 (The Darby Translation)

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1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or do we need, as some, commendatory letters to you, or [commendatory] from you? 2 *Ye* are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read a of all men, 3 being manifested to be b Christ's epistle ministered by us, written, not with ink, but [the] Spirit of [the] living God; not on stone tables, but on fleshy tables of [the] heart. 4 And such confidence have we through the Christ towards God: 5 not that we are competent c of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency [is] of God; 6 who has also made us competent, [as] ministers of [the] new covenant; d not of letter, but of spirit. For the letter kills, e but the Spirit quickens. 7 (But if the ministry of death, in letters, graven in stones, began f with glory, so that the children of Israel could not fix their eyes on the face of Moses, g on account of the glory of his face, [a glory] which is annulled; 8 how shall not rather the ministry of the Spirit subsist in glory? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation [be] glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory. 10 For also that [which was] glorified is not glorified in this respect, on account of the surpassing glory. 11 For if that annulled h [was introduced] with glory, much rather that which abides [subsists] in glory. 12 Having therefore such hope, we use much boldness: 13 and not according as Moses put a veil on his own face, so that the children of Israel should not fix their eyes on the end of that annulled. 14 But their thoughts have been darkened, i for unto this day the same veil remains in reading the old covenant, unremoved, which in Christ is annulled. j 15 But unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil lies upon their heart. 16 But when it shall turn to [the] Lord, the veil is taken away.) k 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, but where the Spirit of [the] Lord [is, there is] liberty. 18 But *we* all, looking on the glory of the Lord, with unveiled face, are transformed l according to the same image from glory to glory, even as by [the] Lord [the] Spirit. m
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