2 Corinthians 3:1-8 DBY

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,

References for 2 Corinthians 3:2

    • s 3:2 - The Greek means also 'well known;' a thing read of all, not private. There is a play on words, giving force to the statement: 'read' being a compound of 'know:' see ch. 1.13.
      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.

      References for 2 Corinthians 3:3

        • t 3:3 - Lit. '[ye] being manifested that ye are.'
          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;

          References for 2 Corinthians 3:5

            • u 3:5 - I do not particularly prefer 'competent' to 'sufficient,' (as in ch. 2.16) but the sense is lost in ver. 6, if we say 'sufficient' there.
              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.

              References for 2 Corinthians 3:6

                • v 3:6 - The omission of the article makes it characteristic, as in the case of 'letter' and 'spirit;' perhaps it may be rendered 'competent [as] new covenant ministers.'
                • w 3:6 - Or 'For letter kills.'
                  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;

                  References for 2 Corinthians 3:7

                    • x 3:7 - It is not said that the ministry was glorious, but that the system was introduced with glory. It is in contrast with 'subsist in glory' (ver. 8).
                    • y 3:7 - See Ex. 34.29-35.
                      8 how shall not rather the ministry of the Spirit subsist in glory?