2 Corinthians 3:12

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

2 Corinthians 3:12 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
English Standard Version (ESV)
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.
The Message Bible (MSG)
12 With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back.
American Standard Version (ASV)
12 Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
12 Since we have confidence [in the new promise], we speak very boldly.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
12 Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness-
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
12 Since we have that kind of hope, we are very bold.

2 Corinthians 3:12 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 3:12

Seeing then that we have such hope
Having this confidence, and being fully persuaded that God has made us able and sufficient ministers of the Gospel, has called and qualified us for such service; and since we have such a ministry committed to us, which so much exceeds in glory the ministry of Moses, a ministry not of death and condemnation, but of the Spirit and of righteousness; not which is abolished and done away, but which does and will remain, in spite of all the opposition of hell and earth:

we use great plainness of speech;
plain and intelligible words, not ambiguous ones: or "boldness"; we are not afraid of men nor devils; we are not terrified by menaces, stripes, imprisonment, and death itself: or "freedom of speech"; we speak out all our mind, which is the mind of Christ; we declare the whole counsel of God, hide and conceal nothing that may be profitable to the churches; we are not to be awed by the terror, or drawn by the flatteries of men to cover the truth; we speak it out plainly, clearly, with all evidence and perspicuity. The apostle from hence passes on to observe another difference between the law and the Gospel, namely, the obscurity of the one, and the clearness of the other.

2 Corinthians 3:12 In-Context

10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing 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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Romans 5:4,5; Romans 8:24,25
  • 2. S Acts 4:29; Ephesians 6:19
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