2Corinthians - Chapter 3 | American Standard Version

  • 1. Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?
  • 2. Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;
  • 3. being made manifest that ye are an 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 tables {cf15i that are} hearts of flesh.
  • 4. And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward:
  • 5. not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;
  • 6. who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; 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, {cf15i and} engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which {cf15i glory} was passing away:
  • 8. how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory?
  • 9. For if the ministration of condemnation hath glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
  • 10. For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.
  • 11. For if that which passeth away {cf15i was} with glory, much more that which remaineth {cf15i is} in glory.
  • 12. Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,
  • 13. and {cf15i are} not as Moses, {cf15i who} put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look stedfastly on the end of that which was passing away:
  • 14. but their minds were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, it not being revealed {cf15i to them} that it is done away in Christ.
  • 15. But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.
  • 16. But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
  • 17. Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, {cf15i there} is liberty.
  • 18. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.