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1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? 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 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men; 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
3 and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of 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 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
5 Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is 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 competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code 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 Now if the dispensation of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such splendor that the Israelites could not look at Moses' face because of its brightness, fading as this was, 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 dispensation of the Spirit be attended with greater splendor? 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
9 For if there was splendor in the dispensation of condemnation, the dispensation of righteousness must far exceed it in splendor. 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
10 Indeed, in this case, what once had splendor has come to have no splendor at all, because of the splendor that surpasses it. 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 For if what faded away came with splendor, what is permanent must have much more splendor. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not see the end of the fading splendor. 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 hardened; for to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 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 over their minds; 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 but when a man turns to the Lord the veil is removed. 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 freedom. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes 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.