2Corinthians - Chapter 3 | King James Version (KJV)

  • 1. Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some {cf15I others}, epistles of commendation to you, or {cf15I letters} of commendation from you?
  • 2. Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
  • 3. {cf15I 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 {cf15I 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 {cf15I 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 {cf15I 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 {cf15I 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 {cf15I was} glorious, much more that which remaineth {cf15I is} glorious.
  • 12. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
  • 13. And not as Moses, {cf15I which} put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
  • 14. But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which {cf15I vail} is done away in Christ.
  • 15. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
  • 16. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
  • 17. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord {cf15I is}, there {cf15I is} liberty.
  • 18. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, {cf15I even} as by the Spirit of the Lord.