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2 Corinthians 3 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Ministers of a New Covenant

(cf. Jer 31:31–34 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:1 - Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? We don't need letters of recommendation to you or from you as some other people do, do we?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:2 - You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:3 - revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:4 - Now we have such confidence in God through Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:5 - Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:6 - who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:7 - But if the ministry that produced death - carved in letters on stone tablets - came with glory, so that the Israelites could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face (a glory which was made ineffective),
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:8 - how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:9 - For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness excel in glory!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:10 - For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:11 - For if what was made ineffective came with glory, how much more has what remains come in glory!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:12 - Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:13 - and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from staring at the result of the glory that was made ineffective.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:14 - But their minds were closed. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:15 - But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:16 - but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:18 - And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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