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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    ARE we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?
[2]  Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;
[3]  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.
[4]  And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward:
[5]  not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;
[6]  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.
[7]  But if the ministration of death, written, 1 and engraven on stones, came with 2 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 3 passing away:
[8]  how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory?
[9]  For 4 if the ministration of condemnation hath glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
[10]  For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.
[11]  For if that which passeth 5 away was with 6 glory, much more that which remaineth is in glory.
[12]    Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,
[13]  and are not as Moses, who put a veil upon his face, that the children of Isreal should not look stedfastly on 7 the end of that which was 8 passing away:
[14]  but their minds 9 were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, 10 it not being revealed to them that it is done away in Christ.
[15]  But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.
[16]  But whensoever it 11 shall turn to the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
[18]  But we all, with unveiled face beholding 12 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.
Note 1. Gr. in letters. [back]
Note 2. Gr. in. [back]
Note 3. Or, was being done away. Comp. 1 Cor. 13. 8, 10. [back]
Note 4. Many ancient authorities read, For if the ministration of condemnation is glory. [back]
Note 5. Or, is being done away. See ver. 7 marg. [back]
Note 6. Gr. through. [back]
Note 7. Or, unto. [back]
Note 8. Or, was being done away. See ver. 7 marg. [back]
Note 9. Gr. thoughts. Ch. 4. 4; 11. 3. [back]
Note 10. Or, remaineth unlifted; which veil is done away. [back]
Note 11. Or, a man shall turn. [back]
Note 12. Or, reflecting as a mirror. [back]


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