Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多后书 3:1-18

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? 2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。 3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。

4我们靠着基督在上帝面前有这样的确信。 5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。 6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

7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, 8那么圣灵的事工岂不更有荣耀吗? 9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。

New International Version – UK

2 Corinthians 3:1-18

1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

4Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The greater glory of the new covenant

7Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

12Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate3:18 Or reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.