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2 Corinthians 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Some people need letters that speak well of them. Do we need those kinds of letters, either 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 our letter. You are written on our hearts. Everyone knows you and reads you. 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 You make it clear that you are a letter from Christ. You are the result of our work for God. You are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God. You are a letter written not on tablets made out of stone 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 Through Christ, we can be sure of this because of our faith in God's power. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 In ourselves we are not able to claim anything for ourselves. The power to do what we do comes from God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 He has given us the power to serve under a new covenant. The covenant is not based on the written Law of Moses. It comes from the Holy Spirit. The written Law 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 Law was written in letters on stone. Even though it was a way of serving God, it led to death. But even that way of serving God came with glory. And even though the glory was fading, the people of Israel couldn't look at Moses' face very long. 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 Since all of that is true, won't the work of the Holy Spirit be even more glorious? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 The Law that sentences people to death is glorious. How much more glorious is the work of the Spirit! His work makes people right with God. 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 The glory of the old covenant is nothing compared with the far greater glory of the new. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 The glory of the old is fading away. How much greater is the glory of the new! It will last forever. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Since we have that kind of hope, we are very bold. 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 We are not like Moses. He used to cover his face with a veil. That was to keep the people of Israel from looking at his face while the brightness 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 made stubborn. To this very day, the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. The veil has not been removed. Only faith in Christ can take it away. 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 To this very day, when the Law of Moses is read, a veil covers the minds of those who hear it. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But when anyone turns 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 Holy Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, freedom is also there. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 Our faces are not covered with a veil. We all display the Lord's glory. We are being changed to become more like him so that we have more and more glory. And the glory comes from the Lord, who is the Holy 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.