1 DO we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some, commendatory letters to you, or commendatory letters from you? 2 Ye are our letter written in our hearts, acknowledged and read of all men: 3 because ye are manifestly seen to be the letter of Christ, of which we have been the secretaries, written not with ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tables of stone, but on the fleshly tables of the heart.
4 And such confidence have we through Christ towards God: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves to account any thing of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God. 6 Who hath made us also able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 For if the ministry of death in letters graven on stone, was attended with glory, so that the children of Israel could not keep their eyes fixed upon the countenance of Moses, because of the glory of his countenance, though [soon] evanescent; 8 how much more will not the ministry of the Spirit be attended with glory? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation is glory, much more doth the ministry of righteousness excel in glory. 10 For that which was glorious hath no glory, comparatively, because of the glory which excelleth. 11 For if that which was abolished came in a glorious manner, much more is that which remaineth glorious.
12 Having therefore such a hope, we use much freedom of speech. 13 And [act] not as Moses who spread a veil over his face, in order that the children of Israel might not look stedfastly to the end of that which should be abolished. 14 But their understandings were darkened: for unto this day the same veil in their reading the old testament abideth unremoved; which veil is taken away by Christ. 15 For unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is spread over their hearts. 16 Nevertheless, when Israel shall turn unto the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 And we all with face unveiled, beholding the glory of the Lord [reflected] as in a mirror, according to the same image, receive a transformation from glory into glory, as by the Lord, the Spirit.