2 Corinthians 3 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Do we seem to be again attempting to put ourselves in the right? or have we need, as some have, of letters of approval 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, whose writing is in our heart, open for every man's reading and knowledge; 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 For you are clearly a letter of Christ, the fruit of our work, recorded not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in stone, but in 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 this is the certain faith which we have in God through Christ: 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 Not as if we were able by ourselves to do anything for which we might take the credit; but our power comes from God; 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 Who has made us able to be servants of a new agreement; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter gives 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 For if the operation of the law, giving death, recorded in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the eyes of the children of Israel had to be turned away from the face of Moses because of its glory, a glory which was only for a time: 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 operation of the Spirit have a much greater glory? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 For if the operation of the law, producing punishment, had its glory, how much greater will be the operation of the Spirit causing righteousness? 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 For the glory of the first no longer seems to be glory, because of the greater glory of that which comes after. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 For if the order which was for a time had its glory, much more will the eternal order have its glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Having then such a hope, we keep nothing back, 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 And are not like Moses, who put a veil on his face, so that the children of Israel might not see clearly to the end of the present order of things: 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 hard: for to this very day at the reading of the old agreement the same veil is still unlifted; though it is taken 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 to this day, at the reading of the law of Moses, a veil is over their heart. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But when it is turned to the Lord, the veil will be 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 the heart is free. 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 giving back as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as 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.