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2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

For we have such trust by Christ to God;

not that we be sufficient to think any thing of us[selves], as of us, but our sufficience is of God.

Which also made us able ministers of the new testament, not by letter, but by Spirit; for the letter slayeth, but the Spirit quickeneth.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

Such confidence we have through Christ in God. It is not that we are competent in and of ourselves, so as to think a good thought, as it were, by ourselves. But our ability comes from God, who has made us able to minister the new testament – not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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2 Corinthians 3:4-6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

And such [a]trust have we through Christ to God:

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to think anything, as of ourselves: but our [b]sufficiency is of God,

[c]Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament, not of the [d]letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.


  1. 2 Corinthians 3:4 This boldness we show, and thus gloriously may we boast of the worthiness and fruit of our ministry.
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:5 In that we are fit and meet to make other men partakers of so great a grace.
  3. 2 Corinthians 3:6 He amplifieth his ministry and his fellows: that is to say, the ministry of the Gospel, comparing it with the ministry of the Law, which he considereth in the person of Moses, by whom the Law was given: against whom he setteth Christ the author of the Gospel. Now this comparison is taken from the very substance of the ministry. The Law is as it were a writing of itself dead, and without efficacy: but the Gospel, or new covenant, is as it were the very virtue of God itself, in renewing, justifying, and saving men. The Law propoundeth death, accusing all men of unrighteousness: The Gospel offereth and giveth righteousness and life. The governance of the Law served for a time to the promise: The Gospel remaineth to the end of the world. Therefore what is the glory of that in comparison of the majesty of this?
  4. 2 Corinthians 3:6 Not of the Law, but of the Gospel.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 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.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

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