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2 Corinthians 3

NLT 1 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! NIV 1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? NLT 2 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. NIV 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. NLT 3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. NIV 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. NLT 4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. NIV 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. NLT 5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. NIV 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. NLT 6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. NIV 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. NLT 7 The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though 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. NIV 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, NLT 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? NIV 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? NLT 9 If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! NIV 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! NLT 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. NIV 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. NLT 11 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! NIV 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! NLT 12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. NIV 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. NLT 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. NIV 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. NLT 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. NIV 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. NLT 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. NIV 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. NLT 16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. NIV 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. NLT 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. NIV 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. NLT 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. NIV 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.