Begin we therefore again to praise us selves? or whether we need, as some men, epistles of praising to you, or of you? [Begin we again to commend, or praise, ourselves? or whether we need, as some, praising letters to you, or of you?]
Ye be our epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read of all men,
and made open [and ye be made open], for ye be the epistle of Christ ministered of us, and written, not with ink, but by the Spirit of the living God; not in stone tables [not in stony tables], but in fleshly tables of heart.
For we have such trust by Christ to God;
not that we be sufficient to think any thing of us[selves], as of us, but our sufficience is of God.
Which also made us able ministers of the new testament, not by letter, but by Spirit; for the letter slayeth, but the Spirit quickeneth.
And if the ministration of death written by letter in stones [formed by letters in stones] was in glory, so that the children of Israel might not behold into the face of Moses, for the glory of his face, which is voided [+for the glory of his cheer, which glory is now voided],
how shall not the ministration of the Spirit be more in glory?