Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or do we need, as some, commendatory letters to you, or [commendatory] from you?
*Ye* are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read a of all men,
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.
And such confidence have we through the Christ towards God:
not that we are competent c of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency [is] of God;
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.
(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;
how shall not rather the ministry of the Spirit subsist in glory?