1 Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation unto you or from you? 2 YE are our :epistle, written in our :hearts, known and read of all men; 3 being made manifest that ye are Christ’s Epistle, ministered by us, and written not with ink, but with the living God’s Spirit; not in tables of stone, but on tables of hearts of flesh.
4 And such confidence have we through the Christ toward God: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our :sufficiency is from :God; 6 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. 7 But if the ministration of :death in letters engraven on stones came to be in glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his :face; which was being done away: 8 how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory? 9 For if the ministration of :condemnation is glory, much rather doth the ministration of :righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For verily what hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this :part, by reason of the surpassing glory. 11 For if what was being done away was through glory, much more what remaineth is in glory. 12 Having therefore such hope, we use great boldness, 13 and not just as Moses put a veil upon his :face, that the children of Israel should not look steadfastly on the end of what was being done away: 14 but their thoughts were hardened: for until this very :day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, it not being revealed to them that it is done away in Christ. 15 But unto this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their :heart. 16 But whenever one 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, is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.