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2 Corinthians 3:6-17 American Standard Version (ASV)

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, [a]written, and engraven on stones, came [b]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 [c]was passing away: how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory? [d]For 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 [e]passeth away was [f]with 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 Israel should not look stedfastly [g]on the end of that which [h]was passing away: 14 but their [i]minds were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil [j]remaineth, 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 [k]it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.


  1. 2 Corinthians 3:7 Greek in letters.
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:7 Greek in.
  3. 2 Corinthians 3:7 Or, was being done away. Compare 1 Cor. 13:8, 10.
  4. 2 Corinthians 3:9 Many ancient authorities read For if the ministration of condemnation is glory.
  5. 2 Corinthians 3:11 Or, is being done away. See verse 7 margin.
  6. 2 Corinthians 3:11 Greek through.
  7. 2 Corinthians 3:13 Or, unto
  8. 2 Corinthians 3:13 Or, was being done away. See verse 7 margin.
  9. 2 Corinthians 3:14 Greek thoughts. 4:4; 11:3.
  10. 2 Corinthians 3:14 Or, remaineth unlifted; which veil is done away
  11. 2 Corinthians 3:16 Or, a man shall turn

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