2 Corinthians 3:2

2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

2 Corinthians 3:2 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.
New Living Translation (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.
The Message Bible (MSG)
2 You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you.
American Standard Version (ASV)
2 Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
2 You're our letter of recommendation written in our hearts that everyone knows and reads.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, recognized and read by everyone,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
2 You yourselves are our letter. You are written on our hearts. Everyone knows you and reads you.

2 Corinthians 3:2 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 3:2

Ye are our epistle
Here a reason is given why they stood in no need of letters of commendation, to or from the church at Corinth, because that church was their living epistle, and which was much preferable to any written one. The apostle calls them their epistle in the same sense, as they are said to be his "work in the Lord, and the seal of his apostleship", ( 1 Corinthians 9:1 1 Corinthians 9:2 ) they were so as persons regenerated by the Spirit and grace of God, in whose conversion he was an instrument; now it was the work of conversion in them, which was the epistle said to be

written in our hearts;
some think it should be read, "in your hearts"; and so the Ethiopic version reads it; and it looks as if it should be so read, from the following verse, and from the nature of the thing itself; for the conversion of the Corinthians was not written in the heart of the apostle, but in their own; and this was so very notorious and remarkable, that it was

known and read of all men;
everyone could read, and was obliged to acknowledge the handwriting; it was so clear a case, what hand the apostle, as an instrument, had in the turning of these persons from idols to serve the living God; and which was so full a proof of the divinity, efficacy, truth, and sincerity of his doctrine, that he needed no letters from any to recommend him.

2 Corinthians 3:2 In-Context

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, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.
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 confidence we have through Christ before God.
5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 9:2
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