2 Corinthians 3 DBY/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or do we need, as some, commendatory letters to you, or [commendatory] 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 *Ye* are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read of all men, 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 being manifested to be Christ's epistle ministered by us, written, not with ink, but [the] Spirit of [the] living God; not on stone tables, but on fleshy tables of [the] heart. 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 such confidence have we through the Christ towards God: 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 not that we are competent of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency [is] of God; 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 who has also made us competent, [as] ministers of [the] new covenant; not of letter, but of spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit quickens. 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 (But if the ministry of death, in letters, graven in stones, began with glory, so that the children of Israel could not fix their eyes on the face of Moses, on account of the glory of his face, [a glory] which is annulled; 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 shall not rather the ministry of the Spirit subsist in glory? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 For if the ministry of condemnation [be] glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory. 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 For also that [which was] glorified is not glorified in this respect, on account of the surpassing glory. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 For if that annulled [was introduced] with glory, much rather that which abides [subsists] in glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Having therefore such hope, we use much boldness: 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 and not according as Moses put a veil on his own face, so that the children of Israel should not fix their eyes on the end of that annulled. 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 thoughts have been darkened, for unto this day the same veil remains in reading the old covenant, unremoved, which in Christ is annulled. 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 unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil lies upon their heart. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But when it shall turn 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 Spirit, but where the Spirit of [the] Lord [is, there is] liberty. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 But *we* all, looking on the glory of the Lord, with unveiled face, are transformed according to the same image from glory to glory, even as by [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.