But if the ministry that produced death -- carved in letters on stone tablets -- came with glory, so that the Israelites could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face (a glory which was made ineffective),
The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to me to the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandments that I have written, so that you may teach them."
He gave Moses two tablets of testimony when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, tablets of stone written by the finger of God.
revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.
Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hands. The tablets were written on both sides -- they were written on the front and on the back.
When he approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses became extremely angry. He threw the tablets from his hands and broke them to pieces at the bottom of the mountain.
The Lord said to Moses, "Cut out two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you smashed.
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread, and he did not drink water. He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this whole law that I am about to share with you today?
And he revealed to you the covenant he has commanded you to keep, the ten commandments, writing them on two stone tablets.
The Lord said these things to your entire assembly at the mountain from the middle of the fire, the cloud, and the darkness with a loud voice, and that was all he said. Then he inscribed the words on two stone tablets and gave them to me.
When I went up the mountain to receive the stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant that the Lord made with you, I remained there forty days and nights, eating and drinking nothing.
So I turned and went down the mountain while it was blazing with fire; the two tablets of the covenant were in my hands.
At that same time the Lord said to me, "Carve out for yourself two stone tablets like the first ones and come up the mountain to me; also make for yourself a wooden ark.
"You came down on Mount Sinai and spoke with them from heaven. You provided them with just judgments, true laws, and good statutes and commandments.
The law of the Lord is perfect and preserves one's life. The rules set down by the Lord are reliable and impart wisdom to the inexperienced.
For this reason I love your commands more than gold, even purest gold.
I long for your deliverance, O Lord; I find delight in your law.
As he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white.
All who were sitting in the council looked intently at Stephen and saw his face was like the face of an angel.
For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either.
So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.
For I delight in the law of God in my inner being.
For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.
but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside.
who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness excel in glory!
and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from staring at the result of the glory that was made ineffective.
It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.