King James Version

2 Corinthians 3

1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the 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 fleshy tables of the heart.

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.

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多后书 3

保罗的荐信

1难道我们又是在称赞自己吗?难道我们像别人一样,需要拿着推荐信去见你们,或拿着你们的推荐信去见别人吗? 你们自己就是我们的推荐信,写在了我们心坎上,众所周知,人人可读。 显然,你们是从基督而来的一封信,是我们工作的成果。这信不是用笔墨写成的,乃是借着永活上帝的灵写成的;不是写在石版上的,而是刻在心版上的。

我们靠着基督在上帝面前有这样的确信。 我们并不认为自己能够承担什么,我们能够承担全是靠上帝。 祂使我们能够担任新约的执事。这新约不是用律法条文立的,而是圣灵的工作,因为律法条文带给人死亡,但圣灵赐给人生命。

新约的荣耀

这最终带来死亡、刻在石版上的律法条文的事工尚且有荣耀,甚至使摩西的脸上发出荣光,尽管很快就消逝了,以色列人仍然无法定睛看他, 那么圣灵的事工岂不更有荣耀吗? 那定人罪的事工尚且有荣耀,这使人被称为义人的事工岂不更有荣耀吗? 10 其实先前的荣耀和现今的大荣耀相比,就黯然失色了。 11 那渐渐消逝的尚且有荣耀,这永远长存的更是荣耀无比。

12 我们因为有这极大的盼望,就放胆无惧, 13 不像摩西将帕子蒙在脸上,以免以色列人看见那渐渐消逝的荣光。 14 但以色列人的心刚硬,直到今日,他们每逢读旧约的时候,同样的帕子还在那里,没有揭去。因为只有在基督里,那帕子才能被除去。 15 时至今日,每逢他们读摩西律法的时候,帕子仍然蒙在他们心上。 16 然而,他们一旦归向基督,那帕子就被除去了。 17 主就是那灵,主的灵在哪里,哪里就有自由。 18 我们这些脸上不再蒙着帕子的人,可以像镜子一样反映主的荣光,渐渐变成主的样式,荣上加荣。这都是主的作为,主就是那灵。