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2 Corinthians 3 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Do you say that this is self-recommendation once more? Or do we need, as some do, 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 Our letter of recommendation is yourselves--a letter written on our hearts and everywhere known and read. 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 For all can see that you are a letter of Christ entrusted to our care, and written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the ever-living God--and not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts as tablets. 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 Such is the confidence which we have through Christ in the presence of God; 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 not that of ourselves we are competent to decide anything by our own reasonings, but our competency 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 also who has made us competent to serve Him in connexion with a new Covenant, which is not a written code but a Spirit; for the written code inflicts 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 If, however, the service that proclaims death--its code being engraved in writing upon stones--came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily on the face of Moses because of the brightness of his face--a vanishing brightness; 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 will not the service of the Spirit be far more glorious? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 For if the service which pronounces doom had glory, far more glorious still is the service which tells of righteousness. 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 For, in fact, that which was once resplendent in glory has no glory at all in this respect, that it pales before the glory which surpasses it. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 For if that which was to be abolished came with glory, much more is that which is permanent arrayed in glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, cherishing a hope like this, we speak without reserve, and we do not imitate Moses, 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 who used to throw a veil over his face to hide from the gaze of the children of Israel the passing away of what was but transitory. 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 Nay, their minds were made dull; for to this very day during the reading of the book of the ancient Covenant, the same veil remains unlifted, because it is only in Christ that it is to be abolished. 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 Yes, to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies upon their hearts. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whenever the heart of the nation shall have returned to the Lord, the veil will be withdrawn. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now by "the Lord" is meant the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, freedom is enjoyed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, reflecting like bright mirrors the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same likeness, from one degree of radiant holiness to another, even as derived 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.