1 Do we again begin to commend ourselves? or whether have we need of commendatory letters to you or from you, as some do? 2 You are our letter, having been written in our hearts, known and read of all men, 3 being manifest that you are the letter of Christ, having been ministered by us, having been written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God: not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh.
4 But we have such confidence through Christ towards God, 5 not that we are able of ourselves to think anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 who also rendered us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit creates life.
7 But if the ministry of death, having been written in letters of stone, was in glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look upon the face of Moses on account of the glory of his countenance; which was destined to be done away: 8 how will not the ministry of the spirit be more in glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, how much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. 10 For indeed that which was glorious, has ceased to be glorious in this respect on account of the transcendent glory. 11 For if that which was to be done away was through glory, much more is that which abides in glory.
12 Then having such hope, we use great boldness, 13 and not as Moses put the veil on his face, in order that the sons of Israel might not look forward to the end of that which was transitory. 14 But their minds were darkened. For until this day the same veil remains in the reading of the old covenant, remains, not lifted; because it is done away in Christ; 15 but until this day when Moses is read, the veil lies upon their heart: 16 but when they may turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 But the Lord is a Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.