1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or do we need, as some, commendatory letters to you, or commendatory from you?
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some, letters of recommendation to you or from you?
1 Are we beginning to recommend ourselves again? Unlike some people, we do not need letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we?
2 Ye are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read of all men,
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
2 You are our letter, written in our hearts and known and read by everyone.
3 being manifested to be Christ's epistle ministered by us, written, not with ink, but the Spirit of the living God; not on stone tables, but on fleshy tables of the heart.
3 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, (a)(D)cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of (E)the living God, not on (F)tablets of stone but on (G)tablets of (b)(H)human hearts.
3 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.
3 You are demonstrating that you are the Messiah's letter, produced by our service, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
5 not that we are competent of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency is of God;
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
5 By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God,
6 who has also made us competent, as ministers of the new covenant; not of letter, but of spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit quickens.
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.
6 who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, which is not written but spiritual, because the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
7 (But if the ministry of death, in letters, graven in stones, began with glory, so that the children of Israel could not fix their eyes on the face of Moses, on account of the glory of his face, a glory which is annulled;
7 But if the (O)ministry of death, (P)in letters engraved on stones, came (c)with glory, (Q)so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,
7 But if the ministration of death, written 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 glory was to be done away:
7 Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stones, came with glory,(I) so that the Israelites were not able to look directly at Moses’ face because of the glory from his face—a fading glory—
7 Now if the ministry of death that was inscribed in letters of stone came with such glory that the people of Israel could not gaze on Moses' face (because the glory was fading away from it),
8 how shall not rather the ministry of the Spirit subsist in glory?
8 how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
8 will not the Spirit's ministry have even more glory?
9 For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory.
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness overflows with even more glory.
9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, then the ministry of justification has an overwhelming glory.
10 For also that which was glorified is not glorified in this respect, on account of the surpassing glory.
10 For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
10 In fact, what had been glorious is not glorious now by comparison because of the glory that surpasses it.
10 In fact, that which once had glory lost its glory, because the other glory surpassed it.
11 For if that annulled was introduced with glory, much rather that which abides subsists in glory.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
11 For if that which fades away came through glory, how much more does that which is permanent have glory?
12 Having therefore such hope, we use much boldness:
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we speak very boldly,
13 and not according as Moses put a veil on his own face, so that the children of Israel should not fix their eyes on the end of that annulled.
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
13 not like Moses, who kept covering his face with a veil to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of what was fading away.
14 But their thoughts have been darkened, for unto this day the same veil remains in reading the old covenant, unremoved, which in Christ is annulled.
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
14 However, their minds were hardened, for to this day the same veil is still there when they read the old covenant. Only in union with the Messiah is that veil removed.
15 But unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil lies upon their heart.
15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
15 Even to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts,
15 Yet even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.)
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
16 But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, but where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom.
18 But we all, looking on the glory of the Lord, with unveiled face, are transformed according to the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord the Spirit.
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, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
18 We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at(d)(R) the glory of the Lord(S) and are being transformed(T) into the same image(U) from glory to glory;(e) this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.(f)
18 As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord's Spirit.
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