1 We begin to praise ourselves again. Need we, as some others, of epistles of recommendation unto you? Or letters of recommendation from you? 2 Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is understood and read of all men; 3 in that ye are known, how that ye are the epistle of Christ, ministered by us and written not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
4 Such trust have we through Christ to Godward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as it were of ourselves; but our ableness cometh of God; 6 which hath made us able to minister the new testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit. For the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 If the ministration of death through the letters figured in stones was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not behold the face of Moses for the glory of countenance - which glory nevertheless is done away - 8 why shall not the ministration of the spirit be much more glorious? 9 For if the ministering of condemnation be glorious: much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For no doubt that which was there glorified is not once glorified in respect of this exceeding glory. 11 Then if that which is destroyed was glorious, much more shall that which remaineth be glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such trust, we use great boldness; 13 and do not as Moses - which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel should not see for what purpose that served, which is put away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day remaineth the same covering, untaken away, in the old testament when they read it - which in Christ is put away: 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read the veil hangeth before their hearts. 16 Nevertheless when they turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. 17 The Lord no doubt is a spirit. And where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all behold the glory of the Lord with his face open, and we are changed unto the same similitude, from glory to glory, even of the spirit of the Lord.