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2 Corinthians 3 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you? 1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?
2 Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables [that are] hearts of flesh. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4 And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 But if the ministration of death, written, [and] engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which [glory] was passing away: 7 Now if the ministry that brought death, 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, fading though it was,
8 how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation hath glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 For if that which passeth away [was] with glory, much more that which remaineth [is] in glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech, 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 and [are] not as Moses, [who] put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look stedfastly on the end of that which was passing away: 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.
14 but their minds were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, it not being revealed [to them] that it is done away in Christ. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
15 But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, [there] is liberty. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.