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2 Corinthians 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Christ’s Epistle
The New Covenant Written on Hearts
(cf. Jer. 31:31–34 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:1 - Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:2 - You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:3 - clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
The Spirit, Not the Letter
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:4 - And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:5 - Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:6 - who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;[fn] for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Glory of the New Covenant
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:7 - But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:8 - how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:9 - For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:10 - For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:11 - For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:12 - Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:13 - unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:14 - But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:15 - But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:16 - Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 3:18 - But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
NKJV Footnotes
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New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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