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2 Corinthians 3 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Are we starting to commend ourselves again? We don't need letters of introduction to you or from you like other people, do we? 1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?
2 You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 You show that you are Christ's letter, delivered by us. You weren't written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God. You weren't written on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 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 This is the confidence that we have through Christ in the presence of God. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 It isn't that we ourselves are qualified to claim that anything came from us. No, our qualification is from God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not based on what is written but on the Spirit, because what is written kills, but the Spirit gives 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 The ministry that brought death was carved in letters on stone tablets. It came with such glory that the Israelites couldn't look for long at Moses' face because his face was shining with glory, even though it was a fading glory. 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 Won't the ministry of the Spirit be much more glorious? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 If the ministry that brought condemnation has glory, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness? 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 In fact, what was glorious isn't glorious now, because of the glory that is brighter. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 If the glory that fades away was glorious, how much more glorious is the one that lasts! 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 So, since we have such a hope, we act with great confidence. 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 We aren't like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the Israelites couldn't watch the end of what was fading 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 closed. Right up to the present day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. The veil is not removed because it is taken away by 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 Even today, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whenever someone turns back to the Lord, the veil is removed. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 All of us are looking with unveiled faces at the glory of the Lord as if we were looking in a mirror. We are being transformed into that same image from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory. This comes from the Lord, who is 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.