Are we beginning to 1commendourselvesagain? Or do we need, as some, 2letters of commendation to you or from you?
23You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by allmen;
being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, a4cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of 5the livingGod, not on 6tablets of stone but on 7tablets of b8humanhearts.
4Such9confidence we havethroughChristtowardGod.
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consideranything as coming from ourselves, but 10our adequacy is from God,
6whoalsomade us adequate as 11servants of a 12newcovenant, not of 13the letter but of the Spirit; for the letterkills, but 14the Spiritgiveslife.
But if the 15ministry of death, 16in lettersengraved on stones, camecwith glory, 17so that the sons of Israelcould not lookintently at the face of Mosesbecause of the glory of his face, fading as it was,
8how will the ministry of the Spiritfail to be even more with glory?
For if18the ministry of condemnation has glory, muchmore does the 19ministry of righteousnessabound in glory.
For indeed what hadglory, in thiscasehasnoglorybecause of the glory that surpasses it.