2 Corinthians 3 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Does this sound as if we were again boasting about ourselves? Could it be that, like some other people, we need letters of recommendation 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 You yourselves are the letter we have, written on our hearts for everyone to know and read. 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 It is clear that Christ himself wrote this letter and sent it by us. It is written, not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, and not on stone tablets but on 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 We say this because we have confidence in God through Christ. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work. The capacity we have comes from God; 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 it is he who made us capable of serving the new covenant, which consists not of a written law but of the Spirit. The written law brings death, 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 Law was carved in letters on stone tablets, and God's glory appeared when it was given. Even though the brightness on Moses' face was fading, it was so strong that the people of Israel could not keep their eyes fixed on him. If the Law, which brings death when it is in force, came with such 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 how much greater is the glory that belongs to the activity of the Spirit! 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 The system which brings condemnation was glorious; how much more glorious is the activity which brings salvation! 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 We may say that because of the far brighter glory now the glory that was so bright in the past is gone. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 For if there was glory in that which lasted for a while, how much more glory is there in that which lasts forever! 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Because we have this hope, we are very bold. 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 We are not like Moses, who had to put a veil over his face so that the people of Israel would not see the brightness fade and disappear. 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 Their minds, indeed, were closed; and to this very day their minds are covered with the same veil as they read the books of the old covenant. The veil is removed only when a person is joined to 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 they read the Law of Moses, the veil still covers their minds. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But it can be removed, as the scripture says about Moses: "His veil was removed when he turned to the Lord." 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now, "the Lord" in this passage is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, 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, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever greater degree of glory. 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.