2 Corinthians 3 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation 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 are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, 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 we have such trust through Christ toward God. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter 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 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 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 will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech-- 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing 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 blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil 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 even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 Nevertheless when one 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 Spirit; and 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, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 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.