1 Am I falling into self-recommendation again? Do I, like some people, need letters of recommendation to you or 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 You are my recommendations, written on my heart, for everybody to read and understand.
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 You show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by me, written not in ink, but in the Spirit of the living God, and not on tablets of stone, but on the human 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.
4 Such is the confidence that I have through Christ in my relations to God.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
4 We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ.
4 Such is the confidence that we have in God through the Messiah.
5 Not that I am of myself qualified to claim anything as originating with me. My qualification is from 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 and he has qualified me to serve him in the interests of a new agreement, not in writing but of spirit. For what is written kills, but the Spirit gives life.
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 religion of death, carved in letters of stone, was ushered in with such splendor, so that the Israelites could not look at Moses' face on account of the brightness that was fading from it,
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 why should not the religion of the Spirit be attended with much greater splendor?
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 If there was splendor in the religion of condemnation, the religion of uprightness must far surpass it in splendor.
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 in comparison with its surpassing splendor, what was splendid has come to have no splendor at all.
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 what faded away came with splendor, how much more splendid what is permanent must be!
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 So since I have such a hope, I speak with great frankness,
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 not like Moses, who used to wear a veil over his face, to keep the Israelites from gazing at the fading of the splendor from it.
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 Their minds were dulled. For to this day, that same veil remains unlifted, when they read the old agreement, for only through union with Christ is it removed.
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 Why, to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil hangs over their minds,
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 "whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is removed."
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 here means the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
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 And all of us, reflecting the splendor of the Lord in our unveiled faces, are being changed into likeness to him, from one degree of splendor to another, for this comes from the Lord who is 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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