- Are we beginning again to commend ourselves?
or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?
- Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;
- being made manifest that ye are an 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 tables [that are] hearts of flesh.
- And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward:
- not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves;
but our sufficiency is from God;
- who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant;
not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
- But if the ministration of death, written, [and] engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face;
which [glory] was passing away:
- how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory?
- For if the ministration of condemnation hath glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
- For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.
- For if that which passeth away [was] with glory, much more that which remaineth [is] in glory.
- Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,
- and [are] not as Moses, [who] put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look stedfastly on the end of that which was passing away:
- but their minds were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, it not being revealed [to them] that it is done away in Christ.
- But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.
- But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
- Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, [there] is liberty.
- But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.