2 Corinthians 3 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Are we beginning again to tell you how good we are? Some people need to bring letters of recommendation with them or ask you to write letters of recommendation for them. 1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?
2 But the only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves! Your lives are a letter written in our hearts, and everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ prepared by us. It is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on 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 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 He is the one who has enabled us to represent his new covenant. This is a covenant, not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old way ends in death; in the new way, the Holy 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 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses' face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading 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 Shouldn't we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory 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 the people's minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing 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 Yes, even today when they read Moses' writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then 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 wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more. 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.