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Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God,(A) who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit;(B) for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.[a]

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  1. 3:6 This verse serves as a topic sentence for 2 Cor 3:7–6:10. For the contrast between letter and spirit, cf. Rom 2:29; 7:5–6.