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2 Corinthians 3:1-11  (King James Version)

1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.


2 Corinthians 3:1-11  (New International Version)

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 everybody.

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 as this is ours through Christ before God.

5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was,

8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.

11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.


2 Corinthians 3:1-11  (SDA Clear Word Bible)

1 Does this sound like we're trying to convince you how good we are or that we're trying to recommend ourselves to you or asking you to recommend us to others?

2 You are our letters of recommendation and your changed lives are all the evidence we need, carried in our hearts wherever we go. These kinds of letters can be read by anyone, no matter who they are.

3 You are living letters given to us by Christ, not letters written with ink or carved on stone, but letters written on human hearts by the Spirit of the living God.

4 Such evidence is the basis of our confidence in God because of what Jesus Christ has done.

5 We are not trying to tell you what great workers we are. Our strength comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.

6 It is God who has made us ministers of the new covenant. He has helped us share the gospel with you, not as attorneys trying to get you to sign some legal agreement with God, but as ambassadors offering you a new life. Legal arrangements with God have no life in them, but the living relationship with God offered to us by the Holy Spirit bubbles over with love and power.

7 The good news of salvation was spelled out in the Old Testament at the time God wrote the commandments on tables of stone and told them to build Him a sanctuary. Those events which were accompanied by incredible glory are today misunderstood and misapplied by the Jews until they sound as if God pronounced a death sentence on mankind. When Moses came down from the mountain, the Israelites couldn't even look at him, his face was so radiant with glory. But that glory had to pass away and the glory of Christ had to come.

8 When you think of what the Holy Spirit is doing and what He's writing on people's hearts, isn't that more glorious than God writing His law on tables of stone!

9 If a system of religious services which contained only promises of salvation and in itself could not give life was so full of glory, how much more glorious is God's offer of salvation today now that those Old Testament promises have been fulfilled and ratified by Jesus Christ!

10 Because of the glorious act of God giving His Son to die for us, the Old Testament services are now at an end.

11 If that which only lasted for a short time was so glorious, how much more glorious is that which lasts forever!

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